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Published on Oct 9, 2018
With an estimated 12,000-15,000 Americans dying from asbestos exposure every year, asbestos liability continues as an active area of litigation. However, as many asbestos manufacturers have declared bankruptcy, asbestos attorneys are seeking to expand litigation to include manufacturers such as Air & Liquid Systems, Corp.
While their “bare metal” products were used in conjunction with asbestos, Air & Liquid Systems did not manufacture, sell, or distribute any asbestos products. But does this distance from the chain of distribution protect Air & Liquid Systems from liability under maritime law?
Justin Torres, a senior associate at King & Spalding, discusses product liability and maritime law in the case Air and Liquid Systems v. Devries. Oral argument is October 10, 2018.
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