Bettencourt v Hennessy Analysis


Analysis of California Court of Appeal decision in Bettencourt v Hennessy Industries. Hennessy made an arc grinding machine that, while it did not contain asbestos, was commonly used in a way that caused the release of asbestos from other products (brake pads). The courr created an possible exception to its ruling in Taylor v Elliott Turbomachinery and found liability was possible against Hennessy based on the allegation that the "sole, intended, and inevitable use" of the Hennessy machine.

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