Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Asbestos & Mesothelioma: A case in the Court of Appeals Georgia ruled on an appeal from the judgment entered on a jury verdict finding that Scapa negligently exposed Roy Knight to a toxic substance, airborne asbestos fibers, and that this exposure was a contributing proximate cause of his development of malignant mesothelioma.
The Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Asbestos & Mesothelioma case documents what many second hand asbestos exposure victims (e.g., railroad workers, plant workers, printing press operators, factory workers etc.) and others may face today – past potential direct and secondary exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma.
The court ruled: we find no error in the trial court’s denial of [Scapa’s] motion for a directed verdict on liability.” A brief summary of the case includes:
- Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc., appeals from the judgment entered on a jury verdict finding that Scapa negligently exposed Roy Knight to a toxic substance, airborne asbestos fibers, and that this exposure was a contributing proximate cause of his development of malignant mesothelioma.
- Knight and his wife, Milva Knight (claiming loss of consortium), sued Scapa for negligence in product liability and premises liability actions.
- The Knights claimed that when Knight worked as an independent contractor doing sheet metal work at the Scapa plant in Waycross between 1967 and 1973, he was exposed to airborne asbestos fibers contained in yarn used by Scapa to weave dryer felts at the plant, and to asbestos fibers contained in pipe and boiler insulation that Scapa maintained on the premises, and that these exposures contributed to his development of mesothelioma, diagnosed in 2009.
- The Knights also sued Union Carbide Corporation, claiming that Knight’s mesothelioma was caused by his exposure to asbestos which Union Carbide had sold to non-party Georgia Pacific, LLC.
- The Knights alleged that Georgia Pacific had used the asbestos to manufacture a joint compound and that Knight was exposed to the asbestos during drywall installation at his house between 1973 and 1975.
- To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14A-1587 – March 30, 2015.
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