Air & Liquid Systems Corp. v. DeVries, Docket 17-1104

Tort LawMaritime Tort CaseMaritime LawNavy VeteransCommon-Law CourtAsbestosProduct ManufacturerDuty to WarnLiability for Harms Caused by Later-Added Third-Party PartsSummary: In the maritime tort context, a product manufacturer has a duty to warn when its product requires incorporation of a part, the manu­facturer knows or has reason to know that the integrated product is likely to be dangerous for its intended uses, and the manufacturer has no reason to believe that the product’s users will realize that danger.In maritime tort cases, we act as a common-law court, subject to any controlling statutes enacted by Congress. See Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 554 U. S. 471, 507–508 (2008).Three approaches have emerged on how to apply that “duty to warn” principle when a manufacturer’s product requires later incorporation of a dangerous part in order for the integrated product to function as intended. The first—the foreseeability…

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