The California Supreme Court held its (usually) weekly conference on December 23, 2009. The only notable event I noticed was:
- A Petition for Review was granted in O'Neil v. Crane Company. O'Neil is a toxic tort decision that concerns manufacturer liability when a non-dangerous component is incorporated into a package or system that is dangerous. In this case, the manufacturer supplies valves and pumps that were covered with an asbestos lagging/insulation. The Court of Appeal concluded that the component part defense did not apply when the parts were designed to be incorporated into a system that was not altered by the customer and had but one intended use. The decision conflicts with a recent opinion in Taylor v. Elliott Turbomachinery Co., 171 Cal. App. 4th 564 (2009).