DECISION & ORDER
SHERRY KLEIN HEITLER, Judge.
This motion is decided in accordance with the memorandum decision.
In this asbestos personal injury action, defendant Lennox Industries, Inc. ("Lennox") moves pursuant to CPLR 3212 for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and all other claims asserted against it on the ground that plaintiff James McGuire could not have been exposed to asbestos from Lennox's water-based heating systems. In opposition, plaintiffs argue that Mr. McGuire's testimony that he was exposed to asbestos when he personally wired Lennox heating units and while other trades broke down such units in his presence is sufficient to preclude summary judgment.
Mr. McGuire worked as an electrician from 1960 through 2004. He was diagnosed with lung cancer on January 18, 2012 and together with his wife commenced this action on July 25, 2012. Mr. McGuire was deposed over the course of four days in July and August of 2012.
Of particular relevance to this motion is Mr. McGuire's testimony that the Lennox heating units he encountered throughout his career were water-based units referred to as boilers. In this regard, the defendant asserts that because it did not manufacture boilers until 1992, all of which were asbestos-free, plaintiffs' claim that Mr. McGuire was exposed to asbestos from a Lennox product is incredible as a matter of law. In support thereof Lennox submits an affidavit from its Corporate Service Manager of Residential Heating Products, Mr. William Drake.
While Lennox contends that Mr. McGuire could not have worked with its furnaces because he identified boilers which circulate water or steam, it is apparent that Mr. McGuire had no technical understanding of the mechanics of heating systems. In fact, on cross-examination by counsel for Lennox he testified that furnaces and boilers were the same thing (Deposition pp. 626-28, objection omitted):
Summary judgement is a drastic remedy that must not be granted if there is any doubt about the existence of a triable issue of fact. Tronlone v La d'Amiante du Quebec, Ltee, 297 A.D.2d 528, 528-529 (1st Dept 2002). In an asbestos personal injury action, should the moving defendant make a prima facie showing of entitlement to summary judgment as a matter of law, plaintiffs must show facts and conditions from which the defendant's liability may be reasonably inferred. Reid v Georgia Pacific Corp., 212 A.D.2d 462, 463 (1st Dept 1995). All reasonable inferences should be resolved in plaintiffs' favor. Dauman Displays, Inc. v Masturzo, 168 A.D.2d 204, 205 (1st Dept 1990). Here, the fact that Mr. McGuire, a career electrician, referred to the Lennox heating units he encountered as water-based does not in and of itself entitle the defendant to summary judgment. At most, such testimony implicates the weight to be given to Mr. McGuire's testimony at trial. See Asabor v Archdiocese of N.Y., 102 A.D.3d 524, 527 (1st Dept 2013); Dollas v W.R. Grace & Co., 225 A.D.2d 319, 321 (1st Dept 1996).
In light of the foregoing, it is hereby
ORDERED that Lennox Industries, Inc.'s motion for summary judgment is denied in its entirety.
This constitutes the decision and order of the court.