Pennsylvania law recognizes the “bare metal” defense to strict liability claims for products containing aftermarket asbestos components made by a third party but not for negligence actions alleging failure to warn, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled May 27 (Schwartz v. Abex Corp., 2015 BL 166118, E.D. Pa., 05-cv-02511).

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court would recognize the defense for strict liability claims but also would hold that companies have a state common law...