Nevada Supreme Court, rejecting onerous asbestos dose standards applied by some courts, overturns defendants’ summary judgment
Addressing the asbestos causation standard for the very first time, justices for the Supreme Court of Nevada handed down a landmark decision on December 6, 2012, in favor of plaintiffs. Applying a causation standard which rejects stringent standards applied by some courts, the Nevada Supreme Court reversed summary judgment that had been granted by the trial court for manufacturers of asbestos-containing joint compounds in Holcomb et al vs. Georgia Pacific, LLC, et al.
Randy Holcomb, who died of died mesothelioma, was exposed to asbestos-containing joint-compound products manufactured by Kelly-Moore, Kaiser Gypsum and Georgia-Pacific while working as a construction laborer in the early 1970s. The strict standards applied by some courts impose virtually impossible burdens of showing specific doses of asbestos attributable to a defendant, even though those exposures occurred decades ago and without any monitoring of asbestos levels. The Nevada Supreme Court found such a test is “too stringent” and “overburdens the claimant” because of the inability of most claimants to show particularized doses.
Paul Cook, attorney for the Holcomb plaintiffs and partner at Waters Kraus & Paul, said this is a “great causation opinion from the Court. We are very pleased with this favorable decision and what it means for our clients and future victims of mesothelioma.”
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