Cozen O’Connor: Sailors' Supreme Court Win Buoys Hopes For Tort Victims

Sailors' Supreme Court Win Buoys Hopes For Tort Victims

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Chris Raleigh was quoted in Law360's article on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hand a victory to sailors who claim they developed mesothelioma. The decision potentially broadens the liability of manufacturers of so-called bare metal products to which other companies later added asbestos. Chris expects the issue of whether a bare metal manufacturer has a duty to warn of asbestos will be revisited in other asbestos cases that don’t have a maritime connection, even though the court held that its ruling applies only in the maritime context. “It's just a matter of time [till] someone ... brings this issue back to court and asks them to apply a similar principle that was applied here in a straight tort context, as opposed to a maritime context,” Chris said. 

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