No. A130213.

205 Cal.App.4th 782 (2012)

140 Cal. Rptr. 3d 268

LEONARD SHIELDS et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. HENNESSY INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendant and Respondent. [And four other cases.]

Court of Appeals of California, First District, Division One.

As modified May 3, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Brayton Purcell and Richard M. Grant for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

Gordon & Rees, Matthew G. Kleiner and Kevin Whelan for Defendant and Respondent.



Plaintiffs in these consolidated actions appeal from judgments on the pleadings in favor of defendant Hennessy Industries, Inc. (Hennessy), the manufacturer of a brake arcing machine. Each of the plaintiffs alleged Hennessy's machine was designed and used exclusively for the purpose of shaping, by grinding action, brake linings that were manufactured by others, but contained asbestos fibers that were dangerously...

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