AZ Supreme Court Imposes Limits in Negligence Cases

By Donald Loose

Ernest Quiroz died from mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer. His father had worked at the Reynolds Metal Company plant for 35 years, and each night after work he came home wearing asbestos-contaminated clothes. Quiroz’s family sued Reynolds, claiming that it breached a duty to protect Quiroz from take-home asbestos. In a split decision, the AZ Supreme Court ruled that Reynolds owed no legal duty to Quiroz and it therefore upheld the trial court’s dismissal of the lawsuit. Two justices disagreed with the result. The ruling imposes significant limitations in negligence cases.