In a much anticipated ruling, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas barred plaintiffs' experts in three asbestos cases from offering testimony that "each and every exposure to asbestos" is a substantial contributing factor in asbestos-related toxic tort actions. The Frye hearing arose from a Motion for a Frye Hearing filed by Defendant Chrysler LLC and joined in by Defendants Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation and Honeywell Corporation. The court's decision pertains specifically to three asbestos cases: Caswell v. A.W. Chesterton, Inc., et al., 0609-0782; Duke v. Chrysler LLC, et al., 0612-3451; and Fisher v. A.O. Smith Corp., et al., 0608-2483.
The ruling may significantly weaken a plaintiff's claims against tertiary asbestos defendants, such as automobile companies and other friction materials manufacturers.
Firefox recommends the PDF Plugin for Mac OS X for viewing PDF documents in your browser.
We can also show you Legal Updates using the Google Viewer; however, you will need to be logged into Google Docs to view them.
Please choose one of the above to proceed!
LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.