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Morton v. Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp.
Citation:33 Cal. App. 4th 1529, 40 Cal. Rptr. 2d 22 (1995)
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From December 1959 – February 1961, Robert Morton worked at the New York Shipbuilding Yard in Camden, New Jersey. He worked as a wireman, installing cable on board ships; the majority of his time was spent working on the Kitty Hawk. In October 1991, Mr. Morton began experiencing chest pains and flu-like symptoms. By May 1992, he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer generally caused by exposure to asbestos.
At trial, a jury found that defendant was responsible for 12% of damages suffered by Mr. Morton for his cancer-related expenses. Defendant appeals, arguing the incorrect standard was used to determine their liability for his cancer.
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