Craig Liljestrand Authors Article on Asbestos Liability Case Favoring Defendants

May 31, 2016

Craig T. Liljestrand, a Chicago-based partner in the Product Liability practice area at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article, "Lack Of Specific Links To Asbestos Exposure Dooms Ship Worker's Case," published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on May 31, 2016. This article is part of Mr. Liljestrand's monthly column with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin "Toxic Tort Talk."

The article discuses how The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pace vs. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al. (No. 14-2416) (4th Cir. 2016) recently affirmed the granting of summary judgment to a variety of equipment manufacturers for different reasons. Applying the "frequency, regularity and proximity" test to the Plaintiff's case, the Court picked apart the Plaintiff's supporting facts and evidence on exposure. Paramount to the Court's decision was the Plaintiff's failure to show that the equipment he worked on (i.e. pumps, valves and turbines) actually contained asbestos. Mr. Liljestrand concludes the article explaining that based off the factors discussed in the case, the appeals court affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgement in favor of all defendants. 

Read the full article, "Lack Of Specific Links To Asbestos Exposure Dooms Ship Worker's Case," 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. 

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services. We serve clients ranging from emerging and middle-market businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental and public sector clients.