Wife Who Contracted Mesothelioma From Husband’s Clothing Cannot Sue Employer

Here’s an interesting situation. Husband gets asbestos fibers on his work clothes, then brings the fibers into the home. His wife contracts mesothelioma, most likely traceable to the fibers on her husband’s clothing.

Can the wife sue the husband’s employer? The Delaware Supreme Court recently ruled no. It said that the wife lacked a “special relationship” with the employer such that it would  owe her a duty of care.

Here, the court determined that DuPont was not responsible for the wife’s exposure, and had no legal obligation to her because her husband carelessly brought the asbestos into the home.

You can read more about the court’s ruling here.

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