Sophisticated User Doctrine Doesn’t Stretch To Salesman, California Court Finds

(April 14, 2016, 2:37 PM EDT) -- LOS ANGELES — The absence of evidence that a refractory salesman or his peer group knew of the dangers of asbestos prevents application of the sophisticated doctrine, a California appeals court held in reversing a verdict on April 13 (Richard F. Moran III v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., No. B261682, Calif. Super., 2nd Dist.; 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 280).

(Opinion available. Document #01-160427-001Z.)

Richard Moran worked as a salesman for Kaiser Refractories from 1968 to 1980. Moran’s job involved sales of asbestos-containing insulation, including refractory materials....
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