The United States Navy was recently allocated a share of fault for a veteran’s asbestos exposure in a California appeals court ruling.
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June 28, 2010 – Blame can be placed on the U.S. Navy for asbestos exposure, a California appeals court ruled earlier this month.
Ulysses Collins died of malignant mesothelioma in 2005. Collins had a 31-year history working in naval shipyards where he experienced exposure to asbestos on a regular basis. In an earlier ruling, the jury awarded Collins more than $10 million in damages and allocated 20 percent of the shared fault to Plant Insulation Company. A total of 17 entities shared the fault with Plant, but the Plant Insulation Company was the only entity to appeal the exclusion of the Navy from the list of responsible parties.
The court wrote the Navy is “immune from liability” in the case because of an exception to the Federal Tort Claims Act that bars actions based on the federal government’s alleged negligence in using asbestos on ships.
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