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Court: Immediate Symptoms Of Asbestos Exposure Don’t Trigger ‘Intentional Tort’

Mealey's (August 25, 2015, 9:41 AM EDT) -- SEATTLE — Allegations of contemporaneous symptoms after asbestos exposure do not trigger the intentional tort exemption to workers’ compensation exclusivity because there is no way the employer could have known for certain that the exposure would lead to a man’s mesothelioma, a Washington appellate panel held Aug. 24 (John M. Kalahar and Peggy L. Kalahar v. Alcoa Inc., No. 72635-8-I, Wash. App., Div. 1).

(Opinion available. Document #01-150826-028Z.)

John and Peggy Kalahar sued seven defendants in March 2014 in the King County Superior Court, claiming that...
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