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January 10, 2008

Tennesseee Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Mesothelioma Case Based on Second-Hand Exposure to Asbestos

The Tennessee Supreme Court heard arguments on January 8 in a case that will decide whether Alcoa Inc. is responsible for the asbestos-related death of a former worker's daughter who contracted mesothelioma because of second-hand exposure to asbestos dust brought home by her father.  The Tennessee Court of Appeals held in Satterfield v. Breeding Insulation Co., Inc., 2007 WL 1159416 (Tenn.Ct.App. April 19, 2007), that Alcoa owed a duty to the plaintiff and remanded the case to the district court.  The Tennessee Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case in April.  Alcoa raised the potential for unlimited liability in its argument before the supreme court.  The court of appeals relied on cases from other jurisdictions in rejecting the unlimited liablity argument.  The case contains a good summary of the recent law in the area. [read more]

MKS

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