CBS wins significant victory in product liability litigation involving asbestos exposure
Clients CBS Corporation
Jones Day represented CBS Corporation and won a significant victory in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in MDL litigation involving product liability claims arising from asbestos exposure. CBS manufactured parts for Navy ships that were subsequently used with asbestos-containing products produced by other manufacturers. A former member of the Navy sued CBS Corporation alleging that he developed mesothelioma as a result of his contact with this asbestos and that CBS had a duty to warn about the dangers of the asbestos later used with its products. In granting summary judgment for CBS, the Court held that the plaintiff could not prove causation on his products liability claim. Significantly, after canvassing traditional tort law, the court adopted CBS's argument "that, under maritime law, a manufacturer is not liable for harm caused by, and owes no duty to warn of the hazards inherent in, asbestos products that the manufacturer did not manufacture or distribute."
Stone/Peavey v. CBS, (E.D. Pa.)