Brake-Grinding Manufacturer Can’t Escape California Asbestos Suit, Court Says

(May 3, 2016, 11:01 AM EDT) -- OAKLAND, Calif. — An automobile brake-grinding-machine manufacturer must face claims arising from a man’s asbestos exposure because the evidence suggests the machines’ use would inevitably create a hazardous condition, a California appeals court held April 28 (Susan Hetzel v. Hennessy Industries Inc., No. A144218, Calif. App., 1st Dist.; 2016 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 3167).

(Opinion available. Document #01-160504-029Z.)

Susan and James Hetzel filed suit in the Alameda County Superior Court against numerous companies whose conduct allegedly exposed James Hetzel to asbestos.

In the action for negligence...
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