Another Summary Judgment Granted in Disputed Wrongful Death Mesothelioma Case
July 25, 2012
Brad Bleichner and Karen Goldberg teamed up once again to prevail on a Summary Judgment motion in an asbestos related case filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Selman Breitman LLP represented defendant Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Inc., formerly known as Norton Company in this wrongful death disputed mesothelioma action. Plaintiffs claimed decedent was exposed to asbestos while working as a plumber, and while performing home remodeling and automotive repair work. Plaintiffs claimed that decedent was exposed to asbestos while using Norton grinding wheels during his career as a plumber. Saint-Gobain moved for summary judgment on the basis that decedent did not work with or around any asbestos-containing grinding wheels and thus, had no admissible evidence that decedent was exposed to asbestos for which it was responsible. At the hearing, Saint-Gobain argued, and the court agreed, that there was no triable issue as to causation because plaintiffs could not demonstrate decedent's threshold exposure to asbestos from a Norton product. Thus, summary judgment was granted and entered on behalf of Saint-Gobain.