Court: Longshore Workers’ Act Precludes Asbestos Action Against Vessel Owner
(August 13, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT) -- LOS ANGELES — Nothing in the record indicates that a vessel owner controlled the area where a man suffered fatal exposure to asbestos or that it had knowledge of the dangers he did not possess, a California appeals court held Aug. 11 in finding the action preempted (Mary Murat, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al., No. B247889, Calif. App., 2nd Dist.; 2015 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 5710).
(Opinion available. Document #01-150826-003Z.)
Joseph Murat owned and operated Port Welding & Machine Works Inc. from 1963...