Product Liability -- 2016

Davis v. Honeywell Int'l, Inc.   (California Supreme Court)

Any exposure theory of asbestos liability

On April 29, 2016, the NAM filed a brief supporting Honeywell International in the California Supreme Court and urging that legal rules applied to asbestos and other toxic tort cases are consistent with well-established tort law, sound science, and good policy. The lower court violated these principles by permitting liability based on flimsy causation testimony that is being rejected by an increasing number of courts. "Any exposure" to asbestos is not sufficient to meet the legal requirements for exposure liability, is unfair to defendants, and encourages excessive lawsuits.

On May 25, 2016, the California Supreme Court denied Honeywell's petition for review. This was an uphill battle, and the NAM continues to fight for manufaucturers in other product liability cases.

Related Documents:
NAM amicus brief  (April 29, 2016)


© 2019 National Association of Manufacturers