STORY FROM: Asbestos

Take-Home Asbestos Claims: The Evolving Litigation Landscape 6th Annual Jurisdictional Update (Cont.)

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Maryland

Premises Liability
In Adams v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., 705 A. 2d 58, 66 (1998), the court held that the premises owner defendant owed no duty to the wife of an employee but a “stranger” to it. The court raised the “slippery slope” argument, suggesting that if a duty were extended to the wife, “presumably [defendant] would owe a duty to others who came in close contact with [husband], including other family members, automobile passengers, and co-workers.”

Products Liability
In line with the holding in Adams v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., 705 A. ...



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