The New Jersey Supreme Court broadened the state’s duty-to-warn doctrine last week by extending landowners’ obligations to workers’ spouses who handle clothes covered with asbestos dust.

Just as a company owes a duty to workers for the foreseeable risk of asbestos exposure, it has a duty to spouses “based on the foreseeable risk of exposure from asbestos borne home on contaminated clothing,” Justice Jaynee LaVecchia wrote in Olivo v. Exxon Mobil, A-23-05.