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Court Awards Summary Judgment to Cost Less Auto Parts in Asbestos Case, Says Plaintiffs Haven’t Offered Admissible Evidence Establishing ‘Reasonable Connection’

TACOMA, Wash. –– Cost Less Auto Parts Inc. has been awarded summary judgment in an asbestos case after a Washington federal court found that the plaintiffs had failed to proffer admissible evidence establishing a reasonable connection between the decedent’s injury and the products manufactured by the defendant.

In the Aug. 8 order, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington identified four “primary problems” with respect to the plaintiffs’ evidence, including witness testimony and product identification.

The plaintiffs asserted the underlying asbestos claims on behalf of Rudie Klopman-Baerselman. As a result of the exposure, the decedent was diagnosed ...

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