In national news:

The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that employers have a duty to prevent asbestos exposure from spreading to the families of their exposed employees. The decision stems from two cases (Haver and Kesner) that were consolidated for argument. According to a Business Insurance report, the court ruled in favor of the families, explaining:

“We hold that the duty of employers and premises owners to exercise ordinary care in their use of asbestos includes preventing exposure to asbestos carried by the bodies and clothing of on-site workers. Where it is reasonably foreseeable that workers, their clothing or personal effects will act as vectors carrying asbestos from the premises to household members, employers have a duty to take reasonable care to prevent this means of transmission.”

Download the entire decision: California Supreme Court_Haver_Kesner Dec2016

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