Craig Liljestrand Authors Article on "Bare Metal" Defense in Asbestos Claim

February 8, 2016

Craig T. Liljestrand, a Chicago-based partner in the Product Liability practice area at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article, "Bare Metal Defense Sustained Against Asbestos Claim, Quirin Argument," published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on February 8, 2016. This article is part of Mr. Liljestrand's monthly column with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin "Toxic Tort Talk."

The article examines the court case, Crane Co. Dandridge v. Crane Co., No. 2:12-cv- 00484-DCN (D.S.C. Jan. 27, 2016)., where the South Carolina federal district court recently granted summary judgment to a valve defendant under the "bare metal" defense. The court held that Plaintiff failed to present evidence that defendant's manufacture and distribution of its valves made it "inevitable" plaintiff would encounter asbestos-containing materials. Mr. Liljestrand explains in the article, the court found no evidence the defendant actually incorporated asbestos-containing materials into the products it sold.

Read the full article, "Bare Metal Defense Sustained Against Asbestos Claim, Quirin Argument," on the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin website. Please note a subscription is required. 

Craig Liljestrand has extensive experience in the areas of toxic tort, products liability and environmental litigation. He is recognized for his litigation and trial skills in the areas of asbestos, silica, welding fumes, lead paint and occupational disease claims.  

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