After reviewing the general law regarding punitive damages, the court also noted that the appellate courts of Pennsylvania have more specifically ruled that, in asbestos litigation, that the existence of medical articles and trade journal publications discussing the dangers of asbestos inhalation are insufficient to support a claim for punitive damages absent some proof that the asbestos Defendant knew or had reason to know of the content of that literature.
|Judge Terrence R. Nealon|
In this particular decision, the court again denied certain Defendants Motions for Partial Summary Judgment but denied another Defendant's motion in a mixed result decision based upon the facts at hand.
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