Companies facing “take-home” asbestos or other toxic tort exposure claims in Arizona, or in other jurisdictions applying Arizona law, now have a new case to cite in dispositive motions. With the Sept. 20 Arizona Court of Appeals decision in Quiroz v. Alcoa, Inc.
, Arizona recently joined the list of states that have refused to allow claims for “take-home” asbestos exposures.
In the ruling, the Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court’s ruling granting a defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment in a case in which plaintiffs alleged their decedent contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos via his father’s work at defendant’s factory. Plaintiffs claimed decedent’s father brought asbestos dust home on his clothing after working with asbestos-containing products at defendant’s factory and that this “take-home” exposure caused decedent’s mesothelioma.
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