Asbestos Victims Prevail Against Arbitrator

Brayton Purcell LLP Wins Verdicts for Clients Against Center for Claims Resolution

SAN FRANCISCO — January 13, 2004 — The Center for Claims Resolution (CCR), a settlement organization comprised of former manufacturers of asbestos products, had sent the plaintiffs in asbestos cases checks for amounts that were less than what was agreed to in settlements. The CCR claimed it was not responsible for the shortages, which were due to the financial problems of its member companies. The San Francisco Superior Court found that CCR was liable and ordered it to pay the plaintiffs over $1 million in past accrued settlement shortages.

For details behind the Court's ruling, see the full text of both the Statement of Decision After Trial and the Minute Order Overruling Defendant's Objections to the Court's Statement of Decision After Trial (In re: Complex Asbestos Litigation: Patricia Anderegg, et al. v. Center for Claims Resolution). Gilbert L. Purcell and Christina Skubic of Brayton Purcell LLP represented the plaintiffs. Camille K. Fong and Lisa Oberg of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP and William F. Sheehan and John Devlin of Shea & Gardner, Washington, D.C., represented the defendants.