Judge: Existing Frameworks Wanting; Parties Must Brief On Third-Party Parts Liability

Mealey's (October 7, 2016, 2:23 PM EDT) -- NEW ORLEANS — Rejecting both the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ complete preclusion of liability for manufacturers of products requiring asbestos-containing third-party parts and the existing exemptions for imposing such liability, a federal judge in Louisiana on Oct. 4 asked for additional briefing on the issue (William C. Bell, et al. v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., et al., No. 15-6394, E.D. La.).

(Opinion available.  Document #01-161012-021Z.)

William Bell served in the U.S. Navy in various positions in the 1960s, including engineman, machinery repairman and machinist...
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