Court Grants Summary Judgment to Turbine Defendants Finding Manufactures Entitled to Bare-Metal Defense

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, April 1, 2022

The decedent’s widow brought this suit on behalf of the decedent alleging that the decedent’s occupational exposure to asbestos during his time in the Navy is attributable to turbines manufactured by the Westinghosue Corporation. The plaintiff also brought suit against the defendant CBS Corporation alleging CBS is a successor by merger of Westinghouse. The plaintiff also contends decedent’s injuries were caused in part by turbines manufactured by General Electric Company.

The defendant …

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Denial of Floor Tile Manufacturer’s Motion for Summary Judgment

Supreme Court of New York, New York County, March 29, 2022

From 1964 to the early 1970s, the plaintiff worked as a carpenter with his brother-in-law and the Carpenter’s Union, Local 257.  From 1969 to his retirement in 2007, he worked as a carpenter at commercial and residential locations throughout New York.  The plaintiff was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2020.  The plaintiff filed a lawsuit premised on his exposure to Goodyear floor tile that he encountered during the late 1960s and early 1970s.  …

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Employer Defendant Successful on Summary Judgment, Except for Claims of Take-Home Exposure

The plaintiff, Callen Cortez, was diagnosed with mesothelioma on June 2, 2020. On July 1, 2020, he filed an asbestos-related lawsuit against Avondale and approximately thirty-four other defendants, alleging that he contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during his employment with various companies, including Avondale, as well as take-home exposure resulting from his brother’s work with various companies, including Avondale.

Avondale filed a motion for summary judgment alleging that the plaintiff’s claims against it should be dismissed because they are preempted by …

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Electrical Equipment Manufacturer’s Motions to Preclude Expert Testimony and for Summary Judgment Denied

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, March 28, 2022

In this asbestos action, plaintiff Arnold Pritt alleged that he was exposed to asbestos during his service in the U.S. Navy, and over the course of his career as a civilian electrician. Mr. Pritt was diagnosed with mesothelioma in September 2019. On October 10, 2019, he filed suit in New York State Supreme Court against a variety of defendants, including the General Electric Company (GE). The case was subsequently removed to federal …

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Brake Machine Defendant Summary Judgment Decision Reversed on Appeal

Superior Court of Delaware, March 28, 2022

In this asbestos action, plaintiff Shelley Droz alleged that her husband, Eric Droz, was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos while using an arc grinding machine to resurface brake shoes. She alleged that Hennessy’s predecessor-in-interest manufactured the arc grinding machine, and further alleged that Hennessy knew that the grinding process generated asbestos-containing dust, and had a duty under Washington State law to warn Mr. Droz about the potential dangers of exposure to asbestos …

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Electric Product Manufacturer Successful on Summary Judgment After Court Finds No Evidence of Exposure to Defendant’s Products

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, March 14, 2022               

The plaintiff, Marsha Roussell, filed an asbestos-related lawsuit alleging that she was secondarily exposed to asbestos via work performed by her father, Asward Theriot, and her uncle, Tracy Theriot, which caused her to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Plaintiff alleged her father and uncle worked with products manufactured by defendant ViacomCBS, Inc., f/k/a CBS Corporation, f/k/a Viacom Inc., successor by merger to CBS Corporation, f/k/a Westinghouse Electric Corporation while employed at Avondale Shipyard at …

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Summary Judgment Affirmed and Reversed for Three Premises Defendants Relating to Several Duty Issues

Court of Appeals of Georgia, Fourth Division, March 10, 2022

In this asbestos action, plaintiff Kevin Sinyard developed malignant pleural mesothelioma following a 25-plus year career as a pipefitter. Sinyard commenced an asbestos-related action against several defendants. Three of the defendants include premises defendants (Georgia Power, Ford Motor Company, and Piedmont Hospital), where Sinyard worked from 1975 until 1989. The trial court granted summary judgment to all three defendants. Following the plaintiff’s appeal, the Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part the …

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Court Denies Boiler Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment in Maritime Case

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, March 3, 2022

Plaintiff Jerome Gehant served in the US Navy from 1967 until 1970 on the USS America as a boiler technician. The plaintiff alleges that the insulation, gaskets, insulating cement, and packing on, around, and inside the boilers contained asbestos. He specifically claims that the Foster Wheeler boilers on the ship did not contain warnings about the dangers of asbestos, and that Foster Wheeler knew that asbestos and asbestos-containing products posed a …

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Court Upholds Plumbing and Heating Employer’s Motion for Summary Judgment Finding No Successor-In-Interest Liability

Superior Court of Pennsylvania, January 26, 2022

In these asbestos actions, Kelly Smith, the executrix of the estate if Daniel R. Harrity, and Maxine Rosenkeimer, the executrix of the estate of Arthur W. Rosenkeimer, appeal a December 2020 order dismissing all claims and parties and an August 2020 order granting summary judgment to Appellee Vanadium Enterprises Corporation. With regard to the August 2020 order, the court concluded that the record lacked insufficient evidence to support a finding that Vanadium was liable as a successor to …

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Plaintiff’s Proof Against Exhauster Manufacturer Deemed Insufficient to Overcome Summary Judgment

U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Asheville Division, January 26, 2022

In this asbestos action, plaintiff Rita W. Barkley alleges that she contracted mesothelioma from laundering her father’s work clothes. Foster Wheeler, the only remaining defendant in this action, moved for summary judgment with respect to all of the plaintiff’s claims, and moved to exclude the affidavit of Richard Fay Carpenter, which was submitted in support of the plaintiff’s response in opposition of the motion for summary judgment.

First, the plaintiffs …

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