Shiffer v. CBS Corp.Annotate this Case
Shiffer developed mesothelioma and sued CBS, whose predecessor, Westinghouse, provided a turbine set and asbestos-containing insulation for a power plant where Shiffer worked for several months in 1969-1970. Shiffer did not repair or maintain any Westinghouse equipment and did not install or remove any insulation material himself; no already-installed insulation was removed or disturbed during Shiffer’s time at the power plant. The trial court granted CBS summary judgment. The court of appeal affirmed. Shiffer failed to produce evidence raising a triable issue that Shiffer suffered bystander exposure to Westinghouse asbestos while at the plant. The trial court also properly denied plaintiffs’ motions for reconsideration and a new trial, because evidence of potential harm from reentrainment of asbestos was not new and could have been presented in opposition to the original summary judgment motion.