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Corporations Seek to Avoid Liability by Application of Shari’a Law in California Courts

The following is a counterpoint by Paul Cook of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. For more on the author, please scroll to the bottom of this article.

When a worker is exposed to asbestos in a state that has enacted “business friendly” laws limiting tort liabilities and the worker later becomes sick and files suit in another state, defendants can be expected to file choice-of-law motions seeking to apply those “business friendly” laws. In a recent column, counsel for the defense has claimed that Los Angeles courts have been routinely denying such motions brought by defendants seeking to apply Shari’a law ...

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