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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Court: Exxon responsible for death of worker's spouse

Kind of a misleading headline as the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that to the extent a premises defendant breached a duty to an employee of a contractor working on the premises, it would also breach a duty to that employee's spouse for any asbestos fibers he may have carried home. So, for a para-occupational exposure, New Jersey holds that the premises owner owes the same duty to the spouse of a contractor employee as the employee. The case is here.

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