Asbestos Cases in 2005

Below are summaries of our trials from 2005. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

SF Jury Finds Chrysotile Asbestos Causes Rare Peritoneal Mesothelioma

A jury awarded over $1.9 million to a 71–year–old retired sheet metal worker, Genaro Garcia, who developed peritoneal mesothelioma from his prior on–the–job exposure to asbestos.
( Genaro Garcia and Delia Garcia v. Duro Dyne Corporation and Holmes & Narver, Inc. , 2005, Case No. 418098, San Francisco Superior Court)

Jury Awards $2.8 Million for Terminal Asbestosis

A San Francisco jury awarded Harold Phelps and his wife Neva $2.8 million in damages because of occupational exposure to asbestos.
( Harold Phelps v. Hamilton Materials, Inc. , 2005, Case No. 433734, San Francisco Superior Court)

San Francisco Jury Delivers Verdict of $3.4 Million in Colon Cancer Asbestos Trial

A San Francisco jury delivered a plaintiff's verdict of over $3.4 million for Ralph Pierce, a 70–year old retired machine operator and supervisor suffering from colon cancer from his on–the–job exposure to asbestos products.
( Ralph Pierce v. Certainteed Corporation , 2005, Case No. 408642, San Francisco Superior Court)

Orange County Jury Assesses $62,000 in Asbestosis Case

An Orange County jury assessed damages of $62,000 in favor of a retired pipefitter with asbestosis and pleural disease caused by his occupational exposure to asbestos.
( Ronald Kautz v. Advocate Mines, Ltd , 2005, Case No. 00CC14366, Orange County Superior Court)

Seattle Jury Delivers Plaintiff Verdict of $242,500 in Asbestosis Case

A Seattle jury awarded $242,500 to a paper mill worker suffering from asbestosis due to his exposure to asbestos in dryer felts.
( Ernest Coulter and Lerose Coulter v. ACandS, Inc. et al. , 2005, Case No. 01–2–34675–0SEA, King County Superior Court, WA)

San Francisco Jury Awards $8,673,704 in Mesothelioma Case

A San Francisco jury awarded $8,673,704.74 to a 60 year old former United States Navy machinist and engineering officer suffering from terminal pleural mesothelioma caused by his service–related exposure to asbestos.
( Anthony Cadlo and Maxlyn Cadlo v. John Crane Inc. and Metalclad Insulation Corp. , 2005, Case No. 412325, San Francisco Superior Court)

San Francisco Jury Awards $1,250,000 in Asbestosis Case

A San Francisco jury unanimously awarded damages of $1,250,000 in favor of a retired pipefitter with asbestosis and pleural disease caused by his occupational exposure to asbestos.
( Geronia Quarles v. Advocate Mines, Ltd. , 2005, Case No.409170, San Francisco Superior Court)

Selected Verdicts: 2005

Alan Reinstein v. Kentile Floors Inc.; Bondex International Company
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California
Judge: Hon. Ricardo A. Torres
Trial Type: Personal Injury-Product Liability-Negligence
Case Settled After Verdict for Defendant Bondex: Excess of $900,000
December 2005-January 2006

Genaro Garcia and Delia Garcia v. Duro Dyne Corporation and Holmes & Narver, Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Paul Alvarado
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Verdict: $1,900,000
October-November 2005

Walter Cozad v. Certainteed Corporation, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. James Robertson
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Case Resolved at Jury Selection: Excess of $400,000
September 2005

In re Group Thorpe Insulation Company Wrongful Death Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Other Cancer (Lead Case - Stanley Young, et al. v. Thorpe Insulation Company)
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. David Ballati
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Other Cancer
Case Settled During Plaintiffs' Case in Chief: Excess of $5 million
August 2005

Thomas McCollum v. Natkin & Co., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason
Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Asbestosis
Case Settled During Jury Hardships: Excess of $600,000
August 2005

In re Group Thorpe Insulation Company Living and Wrongful Death Asbestosis Cases (Diane Story, et al. v. Thorpe Insulation Company)
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. David Ballati
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis
Case Settled During Plaintiffs' Case in Chief: Excess of $1 million
August 2005

John Surprenant v. 20th Century Fox Corporation, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California
Judge: Hon. Victor E. Chavez
Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma-Wrongful Death
Case Resolved During Plaintiff's Case in Chief: Excess of $2,500,000
August 2005

Shaheed Nuriddin v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Paul Alvarado
Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence
Case Settled After Opening Statement: Excess of $1,000,000
June 2005

Richard Gifford v. Hamilton Materials, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. James Robertson
Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Lung Cancer
Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $700,000
June 2005

Warren Fisher v. D.B. Riley, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma
Case Settled During Voir Dire: Excess of $2 million
June 2005

Daniel Griggs v. Dowman Products, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. James Robertson
Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Lung Cancer
Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $200,000
June 2005

Ronald Kautz v. Advocate Mines, Ltd.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Orange County, California
Judge: Hon. Kim Dunning
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis
Verdict: $62,000
Settled with Remaining Defendants: Excess of $50,000
3 weeks, April-May 2005

Ralph Pierce v. Certainteed Corporation
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Mary Wiss
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Verdict: $3,461,333.29
April-May 2005

Ernest Coulter and Lerose Coulter v. ACandS, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: King County, Washington
Judge: Hon. Sharon Armstrong
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Living Asbestosis
Verdict: $242,500
March-April, 2005

Charles Scandlyn v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith
Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Mesothelioma
Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $2 million
March 2005

Zeddie Masters v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. James McBride
Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Lung Cancer
Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $400,000
March 2005

Ronald Scrivner v. Supro Corporation
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Julie Tang
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis
Case Settled During Voir Dire: Excess of $90,000
March 2005

Patricia Moore v. Harley Davidson Corp, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: King County, Washington
Judge: Hon. Douglas North
Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma-Wrongful Death
Case Settled at Start of Pre-trial Motions: Excess of $1,000,000
March 2005

In Re Group 283 Asbestos Cases
Consolidated Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Kevin McCarthy
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Verdict: Cases Settled Prior to Start of Motions in Limine: Excess of $250,000
March 2005

Tommy Archibeque v. Rockwell Automation Corporation
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California
Judge: Hon. Mel Red Recana
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Case Settled at the Start of Motions in Limine: Excess of $650,000
February 2005

Robert Botorff v. Asbestos Defendants BP, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California
Judge: Hon. Alexandar Williams III
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Case Settled at the Beginning of Jury Selection During Motions in Limine: Excess of $450,000
February 2005

Chester Harris v. Sequoia Ventures Inc. (fma Bechtel Corporation), et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Charlene Mitchell
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Case Settled After Jury Selection: Excess of $750,000
January-February 2005

David Dryden v. Volkswagen of America Company, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Alex Saldamondo
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Case Settled After Opening Statements: Excess of $1,250,000
January 2005

Geronia Quarles v. Advocate Mines, Ltd.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Ellen Chaitin
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis
Verdict: $1,250,000
Settled with Remaining Defendants: Excess of $25,000
January 2005