Regarding "State Laws Bar Some Asbestosis Victims From Legal Relief" (Nov. 4), there are two interesting points involving product liability. The first involves shared liability, as is the case with asbestosis.
It has been well documented that asbestos without cigarette smoking is quite benign; with smoking, very malignant.
So who is to blame--the smoker (tobacco farmer, cigarette manufacturer, distributor, retailer, ashtray manufacturer), or those involved with the asbestos chain from earth to the owner of the end product?
Secondly, why do the trial lawyers single out the firm that takes the product out of the ground and makes it available in the market as the villain? It seems that the responsibility ultimately lies with the worker.