Georgia courts would recognize the “bare metal” defense when there is insufficient evidence a maker of a finished product manufactured or distributed asbestos-containing component parts, the Northern District of Georgia ruled Nov. 21 (Thurmon v. A.W. Chesterton, Inc., 2014 BL 331246, N.D. Ga., No 11-cv-01407, 11/21/14).

Judge Charles A. Pannell concluded that Georgia courts had not explicitly accepted the bare metal defense—which insulates a manufacturer from liability for post-sale asbestos components it did not produce or distribute—but...