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Ramos v. Brenntag Specialties, Inc., 218176

In a suit brought by a metal foundry worker who developed interstitial pulmonary fibrosis against a variety of companies that supplied products for use in the foundry's manufacturing process, asserting that the suppliers' products, when used in their intended fashion, produced harmful fumes and dust that were a substantial cause of his pulmonary illness, the Court of Appeals' reversal of the trial court's grant of defendant's demurrer is affirmed where the protection afforded to defendants by the component parts doctrine does not apply when the product supplied has not been incorporated into a different finished or end product but instead, as here, itself allegedly causes injury when used in the manner intended by the product supplier.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/06/23




  • Supreme Court of California