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Case No. 21-0612

Frankhauser v. Borgwarner Morse Tec LLC

Mary Fankhauser and Paul Fankhauser, Plaintiffs-Appellants

Honeywell International Inc, Honeywell International Inc as successor to Alliedsignal Inc. Successor in interest to Abex Corporation, Borgwarner Morse Tec LLC as Successor in interest to Borgwarner Corporation, DCO LLC, Arvinmeritor Inc., International Truck and Engine Corporation, Genuine Parts Company Successor in interest to National Automotive Parts Company aka NAPA, Borgwarner Morse TEC LLC, Westrock MWV LLC, Midwest Wheel Companies Inc., Navistar Inc., Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation, Ohalloran International Inc., Kelsey Hayes Company, Ford Motor Company, Union Carbide Corporation, Deere & Company, Westrock MWV Successor in interest to Mead Corporation, Defendants-Appellees

Attorney for Appellants

Brian P. Galligan

Attorneys for Appellees

Mark R. Bradford

David R. Bradford

Jonathan Casillo Marquet

Margaret Mary Chaplinsky

Reagan William Simpson

Scott Michael Flaherty

International Truck and Engine Corporation, Self-Represented

Michael Murphy Skram

Westrock MWV LLC and Westrock MWV LLC Successor in interest to Mead Corporation, Self-Represented

Nathan McConkey

Richard Gittins Book

Jessica Lynn Cleereman

Steven Reitenour

Alexander E. Wonio

Donna Renae Miller

Thomas Michael Boes

Jason Madden

Deere & Company, Self-Represented



Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 21, 2022


            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Scott D. Rosenberg, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (9 pages)

            Plaintiffs in an asbestos action appeal the district court’s ruling that granted two defendants’ motions for summary judgment based on Iowa Code section 686B.7(5) (2018).  OPINION HOLDS: We find the district court misinterpreted section 686B.7(5).  That section does not limit liability for the defendants in this action, and summary judgment in their favor was improper.  We reverse and remand for further proceedings. 

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