A local agency can be held liable for an employee’s asbestos-related injuries when the exposure was caused by a condition that falls under one of the exceptions to governmental immunity, the Commonwealth Court ruled in a case of first impression.

Counsel for the plaintiff in Geier v. Board of Public Education of the School District of Pittsburgh, Michael J. D’Amico of D’Amico Law Offices in Pittsburgh, said the ruling opens up “a new avenue” of liability in asbestos cases, made possible in part by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Tooey v. AK Steel.

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