Category Archives: Significant Verdicts

New York Judge Vacates Award of Past and Future Pain and Suffering to Plaintiff Against Brake Grinder Manufacturer and Orders New Trial on Damages Unless Plaintiff Stipulates to Reduced Awards Supreme Court, New York County, April 25, 2016

The plaintiff, Walter Miller, filed suit against a number of defendants alleging that his mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos through his use of a brake grinding machine manufactured by Ammco. At trial, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of the plaintiff and against the sole defendant remaining at trial, Hennessy Industries, Inc. (Ammco), in the amount of $25 million, consisting of $10 million for past pain and suffering and $15 million for future pain and suffering. A summary of that verdict can…

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American Optical Corporation Hit With $22M Verdict, $10M Punitive Damages in Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

On April 26, 2016, a California jury decided to punish American Optical Corporation (AOC) with $10 million in punitive damages, tacking on to the $22 million verdict awarded to the plaintiffs on April 22. After a month-long trial that included the suit being removed to a California district court and remanded back down to the Los Angeles Superior Court, the jury deliberated for one day before determining that the AOC marketed a faulty respirator that exposed machinist Louis Tyler to asbestos. Thus far, AOC’s attorney…

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Federal Arizona Jury Awards $17 Million in Damages from Asbestos Death of a Navy Civilian Employee

On April 22, 2016, a district court jury in Arizona found full damages for the wrongful death of George Coulbourn.  Mr. Coulbourn was a retired civilian employee of the U.S. Navy who was allegedly exposed to asbestos, developing mesothelioma, while working as a shipyard machinist in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia from 1959–66. His duties of repairing and maintaining equipment on naval ships included regular removal of asbestos-containing packing and gaskets on defendant manufacturers’ valves. Ultimately, the jury awarded $17 million in total damages.…

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Jury in St. Louis City, Missouri Awards Multi-Million Dollar Verdict to Wife of Lifelong Electrician 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, St. Louis City, January 25, 2016

The plaintiff’s decedent was a lifelong electrician from 1963 to 2001 with a large number of work sites.  The decedent died of mesothelioma at age 72. After numerous co-worker depositions, the case proceeded to trial against defendant The Okonite Company. The jury found that Okonite was negligent and assigned it 5 percent of the total causal responsibility. The jury awarded: $165,000 medical expenses; $1,825,000 for decedent’s pain and suffering; $350,000 for pre-death loss of society and companionship; and $1,825,000 post-death loss of society and companionship,…

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Jury Awards $1.7M Verdict to Plaintiffs in Asbestos Case

In the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, a jury found in favor of the plaintiff Doris Busbey for an award of $1.7M. The case arose out of asbestos litigation against ESAB Group/Alloy Rod and Air Liquid, but Air Liquid was dismissed from the case. In the jury’s verdict, they found ESAB Group/Alley Rods negligent and that this negligence was a factual cause of harm to the plaintiff. They further found that the plaintiff Busbey was not comparatively negligent and that no product manufactured…

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Pump/Valve Manufacturer Found Not Liable After Three-Week Trial U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, December 1, 2015

In this case, the plaintiff alleged that the decedent, William Robinson, died from pleural mesothelioma as a result of his asbestos exposure while working at Allied Chemical from 1968 to 1998.  Defendant Flowserve Corporation, f/k/a The Duriron Company, which manufactured Duriron/Durco pumps and valves, was represented by Chris Massenburg and Max Swetman of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP and local counsel Jeff Meyer of Murane & Bostwick.  Following a three week trial, the plaintiff’s counsel sought a $10 million verdict.  However, the jury ruled in…

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Jury Awards a Near $7 Million Verdict in California FELA Case Against Railroad Company Alameda County Superior Court, November 18, 2015

On November 18, 2015,  a jury in California Superior Court for Alameda County awarded a near $7 million verdict against Union Pacific Railroad in a FELA case following a six week trial. The court had previously determined that $451,265.00 was the amount of economic damages. $6.5 million was awarded by the jury for non-economic loss and pain and suffering. Read the verdict sheet here.…

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Defense Verdict in New Jersey Cosmetic Talc Case Under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act November 2, 2015

In a case of first impression under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act, a Middlesex County, New Jersey jury returned a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case involving a 60-year-old plaintiff who claimed exposure to cosmetic talcum powder products in the 1950s-1970s that were allegedly contaminated with trace amounts of asbestos. The jury found that Shulton, Inc., the supplier of some of the products to which the plaintiff claimed exposure, and Whittaker, Clark & Daniels, Inc., the supplier of some of the raw talc used to…

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Jury Returns Defense Verdict for John Crane, But Awards $14 million against Celanese

On October 8, 2015, a South Carolina jury found Texas-based materials company Celanese Corp. liable in a lawsuit brought by the family of a maintenance worker who died of cancer after being exposed to asbestos at one of Celanese’s plants in the 1970s. After two weeks of trial, the jury unanimously awarded the family of Dennis Seay $12 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages as a result of Celanese’s negligence. John Crane, the second defendant in the case and the maker…

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California Jury Returns Complete Defense Verdict in Mesothelioma Claim

On October 7, 2015, the Alameda County Superior Court in California found in favor of defendant John Crane Inc. in an asbestos exposure lawsuit. The plaintiff, James Harkin, had asserted that his mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos from valve packing manufactured by John Crane Inc. and brought several asbestos-related product liability claims.  He further argued that his mesothelioma additionally occurred as a result of working in the presence of Oscar E. Erickson employees while they disturbed asbestos containing materials at an oil refinery.…

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