Seattle Jury Renders Enormous Verdict Against NAPA

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A Seattle, Washington jury reached a unanimous verdict against NAPA/Genuine parts after 5.5 hours of deliberation. The plaintiffs alleged the decedent, Doy Coogan, developed peritoneal mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure from brake shoes, bulk brake bands, gaskets, packing, and clutches, distributed and sold by NAPA. Although punitive damages were not requested, the jury’s verdict exceeded $80 million. The jury applied pre-1981 law in awarding a total of $81.5 million for the plaintiffs. The decedent Doy Coogan was awarded $30 million; his wife of four years, Gerri Sue Coogan, received $30 million. Each of the two adult daughters received $10 million. Finally, the jury awarded $1.5 million for non-economic damages in the form of household services. The trial lasted 12 weeks. Experts testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs included: Dr. Arnold Brody; Dr. Carl Brodkin.  Experts testifying for the defense included: Dr. David Garabrant; Dr. Andrew Churg; and industrial hygienist Dr. Coreen Robbins.