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Kurns v. Railroad Friction Products Corp., 10-879

In a design-defect and failure-to-warn suit by the estate of a man who had mesothelioma allegedly from his exposure to asbestos in locomotives and locomotive parts distributed by the respondents, summary judgment to the respondents is affirmed, where the state-law claims fell within the field of locomotive equipment regulation pre-empted by the federal Locomotive Inspection Act, as that field was defined in Napier v. Atlantic Coast Line R. Co., 272 U.S. 605.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/29/2012
  • Published 02/29/2012


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  • United States Supreme Court