Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Ford & Lepore: A case in the Court of Appeals of California, First District, Division Four ruled on an appeal of a summary judgment motion.
The Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Ford & Lepore case is about an employee in the personnel department at a Naval Construction Battalion that was allegedly exposed to asbestos dust – from the brake arcing and grinding maintenance department – and later developed mesothelioma.
A brief summary of the Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Ford & Lepore includes:
- Lepore was a civilian employee at the Naval Construction Battalion Center at Port Hueneme (the Port) beginning in 1974.
- His job was to identify training needs for all personnel at Port Hueneme, including trades people, supervisors, and management, and to locate training programs to meet those needs.
- He was not a mechanic.
- His office was in the Port’s main administration building, about half a mile from the Construction Equipment Division (CED), where all vehicle repair work was performed. When Lepore was choosing training programs, he would go to the CED while mechanics were performing their work.
- That work included working on vehicles’ brakes.
- Vehicles had their brakes “arced” or “grinded” in the brake shop area.
- The Court ruled: Reversed as to Ford, Navistar, and Kelsey-Hayes…
- For more on the case, please follow this link: Lepore – February 8, 2016.
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