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Third Circuit Reinstates Asbestos Case Against GE

A New Jersey-based asbestos suit against General Electric Co. claiming a deceased serviceman developed mesothelioma as a result of working with jet engines manufactured by the company has been reinstated by a federal appeals court.

In a July 7 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found “sufficient evidence for a reasonable fact-finder to conclude that [the plaintiff’s] father was exposed to asbestos from GE’s J79 Engine and that the exposure caused his mesothelioma.”

Christopher Placitella of Cohen, Placitella & Roth in Red Bank, Haas’ counsel, said in a statement that the court “recognized and adopted N.J. state court precedent requiring less exposure for causation in mesothelioma cases.”

He added, “General Electric may be held responsible even if they did not supply the asbestos replacement parts when they specified those parts should be used.”
Rebecca Wood of Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., who argued for GE, didn’t return a call seeking comment.

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