On June 3, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey affirmed an appeals court decision that greatly expands a manufacturer’s strict-liability duty to warn of asbestos dangers in third-party replacement parts. The New Jersey high court held, as a matter of first impression, that a manufacturer of a product with an asbestos-containing component can be held strictly liable for failing to warn of foreseeable dangers of a third party’s asbestos-containing replacement part introduced later during routine maintenance. In an amicus brief asking the Court to reverse the Appellate Division’s decision, WLF argued that the ruling could create no-fault, absolute liability on any company with even the slightest connection to asbestos-containing products.


Amicus brief