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Lois Jean Conner v. Alfa Laval

February 1, 2012

LOIS JEAN CONNER,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
ALFA LAVAL, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
JAMES H. PRANGE, ET AL.,
PLAINTIFFS,
v.
ALFA LAVAL, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
JAMES W. STONE, ET AL.,
PLAINTIFFS,
v.
ALFA LAVAL, INC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Eduardo C. Robreno, J.

CONSOLIDATED UNDER

MDL-875 MDL-875

Transferred from the Central District of California : (Case No. 09-02317)

Transferred from the Central District of California : (Case No. 09-06698)

Transferred from the Northern District of California : (Case No. 09-02327)

MEMORANDUM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. BACKGROUND ............................................... 5

II. LEGAL STANDARD ........................................... 8

III. DISCUSSION ............................................... 9

A. Products-Liability Theories Under Maritime Law....... 9

B. Defendants' Liability Under Maritime Law............ 11

C. Plaintiffs' Arguments............................... 22

D. Application......................................... 25

IV. CONCLUSION .............................................. 26

Before the Court are Defendants' motions for summary judgment*fn1 in the above-captioned cases, all of which are part of MDL-875, the consolidated asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Defendants move for summary judgment on the ground that they are not liable for injuries caused by asbestos products, such as insulation, gaskets, and packing, that were incorporated into their products or used as replacement parts, but which they did not manufacture or distribute.*fn2

Having determined that the instant cases are governed by maritime law,*fn3 see Conner v. Alfa Laval, Inc., No. 09-67099, 2011 WL 3101810 (E.D. Pa. July 22, 2011) (Robreno, J.), the Court now considers whether, under maritime law, Defendants are liable for injuries caused by ...


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