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In re New York City Asbestos Litig

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department
May 6, 2004
7 A.D.3d 285 (N.Y. App. Div. 2004)



Decided May 6, 2004.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Helen E. Freedman, J.), entered November 6, 2003, which denied defendant Keasbey Company's motion for summary judgment, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Catherine Oken, as Executrix for the Estate of Edwin Diedrich, Plaintiff-Respondent.

A.C. S., et al., Defendants, Robert A. Keasbey Company, Defendant-Appellant.

Greenberg Traurig LLP, New York (Loring I. Fenton of counsel), for appellant.

Weitz Luxenberg, P.C., New York (Stephen J. Riegel of counsel), for respondent.

Before: Tom, J.P., Saxe, Lerner, Marlow, Gonzalez, JJ.

Plaintiff decedent, who died in 2003, contracted mesothelioma allegedly from exposure to asbestos-laden dust from as early as the 1960s, while employed as an ironworker. He asserted claims for negligence and strict products liability against Keasbey, a commercial and industrial insulation subcontractor that has acknowledged having sold or distributed insulation materials that contained asbestos. The summary judgment motion was grounded on the absence of any evidence in the record that it ever sold or distributed any asbestos-containing products specifically used at a work site where this plaintiff was employed.

Keasbey challenges the motion court's consideration of proof that would be inadmissible at trial, including deposition testimony offered in other unrelated cases and unauthenticated hearsay invoices and records. However, evidence otherwise excludable at trial may be considered in opposition to a motion for summary judgment as long as it does not become the sole basis for the court's determination ( Navedo v. 250 Willis Ave. Supermarket, 290 A.D.2d 246, 247). This Court has noted, in prior asbestos litigation, that "[w]hile defendant's own failure, in the first instance, to unequivocally establish that its product could not have contributed to the causation of plaintiff's injury would have required denial of its motion for summary judgment [citation omitted], here plaintiff's papers identified specific brands of the subject asbestos products, including those of defendant, in use at the relevant work site during the relevant time, showed that various asbestos products were interchangeable in the work site at the time, and showed that he was heavily exposed to asbestos dust at that site during that time. The plaintiff is not required to show the precise causes of his damages, but only to show facts and conditions from which defendant's liability may be reasonably inferred" ( Reid v. Georgia-Pacific Corp., 212 A.D.2d 462, 463).

Plaintiff has presented sufficient evidence, not all of which is hearsay, to warrant a trial. We have considered defendant's other arguments and find them unavailing.

M-1703 Oken, as Executrix for the Estate of Diedrich v. A.C. S, et al.

Motion seeking leave to correct caption granted.


Summaries of

In re New York City Asbestos Litig

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department
May 6, 2004
7 A.D.3d 285 (N.Y. App. Div. 2004)
Case details for

In re New York City Asbestos Litig

Case Details


Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department

Date published: May 6, 2004


7 A.D.3d 285 (N.Y. App. Div. 2004)
776 N.Y.S.2d 253

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