March 19, 2019 / 8:38 PM / a month ago

Manufacturers liable for required third-party asbestos parts - SCOTUS

Maritime law allows manufacturers to be held liable over injuries caused by asbestos-containing aftermarket parts if they knew or should have known their product required the potentially dangerous additions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

The 6-3 decision came down in the case of five ship equipment manufacturers who were sued by the families of two U.S. Navy veterans who died from asbestos-related cancers. The companies sold equipment to the Navy, which later added asbestos-containing insulation.

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