Conrail Prevails in Case Alleging Diesel Fume Exposure Caused Decedent’s Cancer

  • Opinion

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey appellate panel has upheld an award of summary judgment to Consolidated Rail Corp. in a case in which a woman alleged her husband’s cancer was caused by exposure to diesel fumes, affirming that her causation expert’s report was based upon assumptions rather than fact.

In a Feb. 24 opinion, the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, agreed with the trial court that the expert merely assumed that the decedent’s employment as a brakeman exposed him to toxic levels of cancer-causing diesel exhaust.

Joseph Murray worked for Conrail from 1976 to 2011 as a brakeman/conductor. …


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