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Mechanics at Risk: New York City judge rules in asbestos case involving auto mechanic

In March 2007, a judge in an asbestos litigation case in New York City made a ruling in a case involving an auto mechanic that developed an asbestos-related disease as a result of exposure from working with asbestos-containing brakes.

One of the defendants in this case, Ford Motor Company, wanted to have their training materials and videos excluded from evidence in this case. While they claimed that their brake materials were safe, their materials included a warning that they contain asbestos, and asbestos from brakes cause cancer and other disease. Ford also claimed that the warning was on their materials so they would be in compliance with standards required by the Occupational Health and Safety Commission. In ruling against Ford, the judge stated that Ford does not state that the warnings were on their materials “…solely for the purposes of complying with government regulations.” The judge also noted that since their training materials were also available to the public at large.

Weitz & Luxenberg represents tens of thousands of individuals suffering from asbestos-related diseases. Our firm continues to set an unmatched standard of excellence for mass tort litigation, achieving more verdicts than most firms in America. The overwhelming majority of asbestos cases being tried in New York are represented by Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. We hope to have an opportunity to assist you with your legal matter.

Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading plaintiffs' law firm that has represented people affected by mesothelioma for over 20 years. Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies responsible for their disease. If you would like a free consultation or more information about your legal options, please complete the form on this page, and a representative of our law firm will contact you as soon as possible.

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