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Del. Court Rejects Appeal of Summary Judgment Order Relating to Third-Party Replacement Parts

WILMINGTON, Del. –– The Delaware Supreme Court has rejected asbestos plaintiffs’ challenge of a summary judgment award on claims relating to third-party replacement parts, opining that the decision is not appealable because a jury has cleared Ford Motor of liability associated with its original and replacement asbestos brake parts.

In the April 21 opinion, the Delaware high court opined that if Ford Motor was not negligent for failing to warn about dangers associated with its original asbestos-containing brake parts, “it could not have been negligent in failing to warn about the dangers of third-party asbestos replacement brake parts.”

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