United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Tacoma
November 26, 2014
ALAN McMANN and DONNA McMANN, husband and wife, Plaintiffs,
AIR & LIQUID SYSTEMS CORPORATION, et al., Defendants.
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
BENJAMIN H. SETTLE, District Judge.
This matter comes before the Court on Defendant IMO Industries, Inc.'s ("IMO") (Dkt. 58) motion for summary judgment.
On July 16, 2013, Plaintiffs Alan and Donna McMann ("McManns") filed a complaint alleging that Mr. McMann was exposed to asbestos while working for numerous Defendants, including IMO individually and as successor in interest to DeLaval Turbine, Inc. ("DeLaval"). Dkt. 59, Declaration of Michael E. Ricketts, Exh. 1. The McManns contend that "Mr. McMann was exposed to asbestos from working with and around equipment such as... DeLaval steam turbine generators, turbine reduction gear and purifiers." Id., Exh. 2. The McManns also contend that "Mr. McMann's work with this equipment and around others performing maintenance work on this equipment, including but not limited to work with asbestos-containing insulation, gaskets, and packing on this equipment, exposed Mr. McMann to asbestos." Id.
On October 21, 2014, IMO filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that the McManns had no actual evidence supporting their allegations. Dkt. 58. The McManns failed to respond.
Summary judgment is proper only if the pleadings, the discovery and disclosure materials on file, and any affidavits show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(c). The moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law when the nonmoving party fails to make a sufficient showing on an essential element of a claim in the case on which the nonmoving party has the burden of proof. Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986). There is no genuine issue of fact for trial where the record, taken as a whole, could not lead a rational trier of fact to find for the nonmoving party. Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 586 (1986) (nonmoving party must present specific, significant probative evidence, not simply "some metaphysical doubt"). See also Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(e).
In this case, the McManns have failed to submit any evidence in support of their claim against IMO. Once the facts are disputed, the McManns must submit specific, probative evidence on every element of their claim. Their failure to either submit facts in response to IMO's motion or direct the Court to facts already in the record is fatal to their claim. Therefore, the Court GRANTS IMO's motion for summary judgment because no material questions of fact exist on the McManns' claim against IMO or DeLaval.
IT IS SO ORDERED.