Asbestos Cases in 2006

Below are summaries of our trials from 2006. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

Verdict of Over $18.5 Million for Aerospace Plastics Molder Suffering from Mesothelioma

A jury ruled in favor of a former plastics molder suffering from mesothelioma, assessing over $18.5 million in damages against a former asbestos mining and manufacturing company.
David Bakkie v. Union Carbide Corporation , 2006 Case No. 445300, San Francisco Superior Court)

San Francisco Jury Awards Over $11.5 Million in Asbestos Case

A jury awarded over $1.1 million to a Navy veteran suffering from asbestosis and $400,000 to his wife for the loss of his companionship. The defendant, Asbestos Corporation Limited, acted with malice or oppression, according to the jury, which added another $10 million in punitive damages against the company.
( Joseph Garza and Mary Garza v. Asbestos Corporation Limited , 2006 Case No. 438144, San Francisco Superior Court)

Jury Returns Verdict of Over $750,000 for Mix–up of Stillborn Child's Cremated Remains

An Ohio jury returned a verdict of over $750,000 in favor of a young couple whose stillborn son's cremated remains were mixed with those of an adult.
( Tonya Leach and Edward Squire v. E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home et al. , 2006, Case No. CV 04 546335, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio)

Verdict of $1,917,400 for Retired Navy Machinist Exposed to Asbestos

A jury ruled in favor of a retired machinist, Charlton Clemmer, and his wife, Kay, in their products liability and negligence trial against John Crane, Inc., a former manufacturer of asbestos–containing valve and pump packing, and Thorpe Insulation Company, a former supplier and distributor of asbestos thermal insulation.
( Charlton and Kay Clemmer v. John Crane, Inc. and Thorpe Insulation Company , 2006, Case No. 434434, San Francisco Superior Court)

SF Jury Awards $1,083,000 in Asbestos Cancer Case

A jury awarded $1,083,000 to Merle Sandy, a 60–year–old retired pipefitter suffering from asbestos pleural disease, asbestosis and colon cancer caused by his on–the–job exposure to asbestos.
( Merle Sandy v. Exxon Mobil Corporation , 2006, Case No. 324212, San Francisco Superior Court)

Selected Verdicts: 2006

Richard Campbell v. Kaiser Gypsum Co, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. John E. Munter
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma
Case Settled After Paneling of Jury Veniere: Excess of $1,350,000
November-December 2006

Houston Muckelvane v. Highland Stucco and Lime Company, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Orange County, California
Judge: Hon. Thierry Colaw
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis-Pleural Disease
Case Settled After Jury Selected/Opening Statements: Excess of $140,000
October 2006

In re Group 365 v. Crane Co., Leslie Controls Inc., Union Carbide Corporation, et al.
Consolidated Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Wrongful Death-Asbestosis
Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1,180,000
September 2006

In re Group 353 v. Hamilton Materials Inc., Leslie Controls Inc., ITT Inc., et al.
Consolidated Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Wallace Douglass
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Wrongful Death-Mesothelioma
Case Settled During Motions in Limine: Excess of $7 million
August 2006

Walter Ledbetter, et al. v. Ingersoll-Rand Company #448020
Civil Bench Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. John E. Munter
Trial Type: Breach of Contract
Judgment: $82,440.35
July 2006

Charlie Hansen, et al. v. Certainteed Corporation, Quintec Industries Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Donald Mitchell
Trial Type: Negligence-Mesothelioma
Case Settled During Plaintiff's Case in Chief: Excess of $6,275,000
July 2006

Duane Eastham et al. v. Certainteed Corporation, J.T. Thorpe Insulation Company, et al.
Donald Allen v. J.T. Thorpe Insulation Company, et al.

Consolidated Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Donald Mitchell
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma
Case Settled During Jury Hardships: Excess of $1,900,000
July 2006

David Bakkie v. Union Carbide Corporation
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Gail DeKreon
Trial type: Personal Injury-Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma
Verdict: $18,523,450
June-September 2006

Harry Buford v. Hamilton Materials, Inc., and Rich-Tex, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Lung Cancer
Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $270,000
June 2006

Floyd Greenway v. Sequoia Ventures, Inc. and Viacom, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. James Conway
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma
Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1,500,000
June 2006

Elaine and Danna Fontes v. Rockwell Automation, Inc. and Thorpe Insulation, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California
Judge: Hon. James Satt
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Lung Cancer
Case Settled During Opening Statements: Excess of $1,565,000
March 2006

Charlton Clemmer, et al. v. John Crane, Inc. and Thorpe Insulation Company
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Kevin McCarthy
Trial Type: Personal Injury-Product Liability-Negligence
Verdict: $1,917,400
February-March 2006

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