Barbara J. O'Neil Et Al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, V. Crane Co. Et Al., Defendants and Respondents

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Michael Dumalag Professor Sabia Law & Econ – ECON 496 24 April 2012 BARBARA J. O'NEIL et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. CRANE CO. et al., Defendants and Respondents. S177401 SUPREME COURT OF CALIFORNIA 53 Cal. 4th 335; 266 P.3d 987; 135 Cal. Rptr. 3d 288; 2012 Cal. LEXIS 3; CCH Prod. Liab. Rep. P18,765 January 12, 2012, Filed INTRODUCTION The Plaintiffs, family of the decedent plaintiff, Barbara J. O’Neil, filed a wrongful death complaint due to mesothelioma against the defendant manufacturers, Crane Co. et al., in concerns of valves and pumps manufactured for use on Navy warships. This particular claim raised strict liability claims and negligence claims in regards to asbestos exposure experienced by the decedent…show more content…
However, in this case, the plaintiff did claim that defendants be held strictly liable and negligent because the dangers of the asbestos through maintenance was foreseeable when used in conjunction with their products. But the Corrigan explains in his opinion that by recognizing such claims by the plaintiff would provide an unprecedented expansion of strict products liability. While in California manufacturers are held strictly liable for a defect in the product. Yet, it has never been held that this responsibility extends to preventing injuries that would be used in conjunction with the defendants product. The dangerous features in question were not an integral part of the product’s design. Therefore through this fact, Corrigan had asserted that to decide for the plaintiff would not further the purposes of strict liability, nor would it serve public policy by requiring manufacturers to warn about the dangerous propensities of products they do not design, make or sell. THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS The biggest issue here and with most cases is what type of precedent is set by this case. This is particularly important when speaking in an economic standpoint on whether this case decision would be economically efficient and would it provide for such efficiencies in manufacturing needed products in the future. I believe that this

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