Sophisticated User Doctrine Focuses On End User In California, Judge Says

Mealey's (May 13, 2016, 1:20 PM EDT) -- LOS ANGELES — Under California law, the sophisticated user doctrine focuses on the end user’s knowledge of a danger, not an intermediary’s knowledge, a federal judge said May 10 while also rejecting defendants’ government contractor defense (Victoria Lund, et al. v. Crane Co., et al., No. 13-2776, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61847).

(Opinion available. Document #01-160518-026Z.)

Victoria Lund sued numerous companies whose conduct allegedly exposed William Lund to asbestos while he was serving in the U.S. Navy between 1958 and 1977. Lund allegedly developed...
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