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Asbestos plaintiffs have no claim against manufacturers of bare-metal products

In the Matter of New York City Asbestos Litigation


Contact: Deborah J. La Fetra

Status: PLF's amicus brief was filed with the New York Court of Appeals on December 8, 2014. Oral argument scheduled for May 3, 2016.

Summary:
Ronald Dummitt worked aboard Navy ships in the boiler rooms for two decades, during which time he was exposed to asbestos dust during the maintenance of valves and gaskets that were insulated with asbestos-containing materials.  Crane Co. manufactured some of the valves, which contained no asbestos whatsoever.  Thirty years after leaving the Navy, Dummitt contracted mesothelioma.  He sued Crane Co., and 67 other defendants, 65 of whom settled before trial and one of whom settled after trial.  Although Dummit worked with at least 20 other manufacturers’ equipment used with or containing asbestos, a jury found Crane 99% at fault for Dummitt’s illness and awarded him $32 million in non-economic damages, reduced to $8 million by the court.  The intermediate court affirmed, on the basis that Crane, following the industry standard of best practices, was aware that asbestos insulation would likely be used with its valves.  As amicus, PLF argues in the New York Court of Appeals that Crane Co. should not be liable for injuries allegedly caused by asbestos-containing products that it did not manufacture, supply, design, or otherwise place into the stream of commerce.

 

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