Sophisticated Purchaser Defense Requires Affirmative Steps, Judge Says

Sophisticated Purchaser Defense Requires Affirmative Steps, Judge Says

HONOLULU - The sophisticated user doctrine applies in both negligence and strict liability contexts under maritime law, but a manufacturer does not prevail because it cannot show that it considered whether the U.S. Navy would provide the necessary warnings about the hazards of asbestos, a Hawaii federal judge held Dec. 27 (Robert A. Cabasug and Joyce C. Cabasug v. Crane Co., et al., No. 12-313, D. Hawaii; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 180918).

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