STORY FROM: Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation

Calif. Supreme Court Affirms Ruling for Silica Plaintiff in Component Parts Dispute

SAN FRANCISCO –– The California Supreme Court has weighed in on a component parts dispute, agreeing with an intermediate appellate court that a defendant could not be protected by statute when its product “has not been incorporated into a different finished or end product but instead … itself allegedly causes injury when used in the manner intended by the product supplier.”

In the June 23 opinion, the state high court opined that since the underlying injury was not caused by a “finished product into which the materials supplied by defendants had been transformed and integrated,” Section 5 of the Restatement ...

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