Asbestos, Auto Injury, and Elder Abuse Cases

Below are summaries of our trials from 2001. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

San Francisco Jury Awards Over $2.3 Million to Ex–Johns Manville Plant Worker

A San Francisco jury awarded a former Johns Manville plant worker and his wife, $2.3 Million in damages. The Plaintiff suffers from asbestosis and asbestos–pleural disease, caused from his occupational exposures to asbestos.

Jury Awards $16.4 Million in Auto Injury Case

A Salt Lake City jury awarded $16.4 million to an 11 1/2 year old boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury that he received in a head–on automobile crash.
( Anthony Gallegos et al. v. Dick Simon Trucking, Inc., 2001, Utah District Court, Salt Lake City, UT)

San Francisco Jury Awards Worker Families Over $2 Million

A San Francisco jury awarded over $2 million to the families of two deceased workers who died from asbestos–related lung cancer due to their occupational exposures.

Los Angeles Jury Awards Over $4,400,000 to Dying Steamfitter

A steamfitter diagnosed with mesothelioma received over $4.4 million in damages. The defendant, John Crane, Inc., manufactured asbestos pump and valve packing and gaskets that the steamfitter used at a power plant during the 1950's and 1960's.
( James and Rose Efstratios v. John Crane, Inc., 2001, Case No. BC226519, Los Angeles Superior Court)

Jury Awards $1.5 Million in Elder Abuse Case Against Physician

In the first successful elder abuse case of its kind, a jury awarded $1.5 million to the family of a deceased man whose doctor had failed to provide him with adequate pain medication in the last days of his terminal cancer.
( Beverly Bergman et al. v. Wing Chin, M.D., Eden Medical Center, 2001, Case No. H205732–1, Alameda Superior Court, CA)

Jury Awards Over $1.5 Million in Asbestos Case

A millwright who was exposed to asbestos–containing insulation at his job site contracted non–Hodgkins lymphoma and colon cancer. A Seattle jury returned a verdict of over $1.5 million against a leading pipe and boiler insulation contractor.
( Ray Sundberg v. ACandS, Inc. et al., 2001, Case No. 21756–0, King County Superior Court, OR)

Jury Awards Over $8 Million in Asbestos Case

A jury returned a verdict of $8 million in favor of an insulator who contracted mesothelioma from work around boilers at a refinery.
( Alan Vasen v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, 2001, Case No. 312211, San Francisco Superior Court)

Jury Awards $318,000 in Four Asbestos Cases

A San Francisco jury awarded $318,000 to three retired workers and one active worker suffering from asbestosis and asbestos–related pleural disease due to their occupational exposures to asbestos.

Selected Verdicts: 2001

Mark Compton, et ux. v. Asbestos Defendants
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Robert Dondero
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Case Settled After Opening Statement: Excess of $2,000,000
November 2001

Anthony Gallegos, et al. v. Dick Simon Trucking, Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
District Court: Salt Lake City, Utah
Judge: Hon. Lee A. Dever
Trial Type: Highway Truck Crash
Verdict: $16,400,000
September-November 2001

Group 193
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Alfred Chiantelli
Trial Type: Shipyard-Products Liability
Verdict: $701,001
August 2001

Robert Alexander v. Union Pacific Railroad/Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Co.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Robert Dondero
Trial Type: FELA-Products Liability
Case Settled After Jury Selection: Excess of $750,000
June-July 2001

Ray Sundberg v. ACandS, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: King County, Washington
Judge: Hon. Linda Lau
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Living Lymphoma
Verdict: $1,511,900
March-April 2001

Fred Robertson v. Westside Building Material Co., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Carlos Bea
Trial Type: Lung and Tongue Cancer
Case Settled After Plaintiff Verdict on Statute of Limitations Defense: Excess of $800,000
January-February 2001