Dependable Abrasives, Inc. v. PierceAnnotate this Case
Richard Pierce had silicosis. Having worked for many years as a sandblaster, preparing surfaces for painting, Pierce sued, among multiple defendants, sellers of sand including Dependable Abrasives, alleging that Dependable's failure to provide adequate warnings of the dangers of the inhalation of respirable silica caused his silicosis and rendered Dependable strictly liable. The jury returned a verdict for Dependable Abrasives and the trial court granted Pierce a new trial. Dependable Abrasives filed an interlocutory appeal with the Supreme Court. But, although the injury to Pierce was substantial, no causal link was established between the Dependable Abrasives product, Diamond Blast sand, and Pierce's injuries. As such, the Supreme Court concluded the jury's verdict was not against the overwhelming weight of the evidence.