Recently we have seen asbestos litigation enter into a new phase. In the past, manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products were the targets. Now that most of those companies are extinct, the target has shifted to companies that have, or had, asbestos in their facilities. These new "premises liability" lawsuits are being filed by employees of independent contractors who allege that they were exposed to asbestos while working in the defendants' facilities as boilermakers, electricians, pipefitters and insulators.
While "premises liability" lawsuits are in their infancy, they are quickly becoming more prevalent. Varnum's asbestos litigation team defends clients faced with this new threat.