Brayton Purcell LLP Win among Top Plaintiff Verdicts of 2014

RELEASED - February 23, 2015

NOVATO, CA - Recently, Brayton Purcell LLP's plaintiff jury verdict, Robert and Linda Whalen vs. John Crane Inc. was selected as one of the Top Plaintiff Verdicts of 2014 by the Daily Journal.

The trial concluded on October 30, 2014, after a six week trial and one day of deliberations. The Alameda County jury decided that John Crane Inc. was negligent, that its asbestos-containing products were defective in design, and that it failed to warn. The jury assessed a total of $70,861,113 in favor of the Whalens. $40 million in non-economic damages was assessed for Robert Whalen, a retired Navy Machinist's Mate and Nuclear Inspector diagnosed with mesothelioma. $30 Million in Loss of Consortium Damages was assessed to his wife, Linda Whalen, and $861,113 was assessed in economic damages. John Crane Inc., a packing and gasket manufacturer, was found three percent liable for causing the claimant's asbestos-related disease.

Associates Jennifer L. Alesio, Esq., Heather-Ann Young, Esq., and senior trial partner Gilbert L. Purcell, of Brayton Purcell LLP, served as trial counsel for the Whalens.

The trial, which began in September, was presided over by the Honorable Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda Superior Court.

Court: Alameda County Superior Court
Case No.: CGC 12-275116