Cases in 2015

Below are summaries of our trials from 2015. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

David Helm, et. al. v. Pneumo Abex LLC, Hennessy Industries, Inc., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Alameda
Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman
Trial Type: Wrongful Death- Mesothelioma- Negligence and Products Liability
Case Resolved After Jury Selection In Excess of $1,300,000
1 Week, December 2015

Richard Whittenburg, et ux. v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Solano County
Judge: Hon. Paul L. Beeman
Trial Type: Product Liability and Negligence - Personal Injury - Lung Cancer - Combined Effects of Asbestos and Cigarettes - Former Mare Island Naval Shipyard Machinest and Nuclear Inspector.
Case resolved as to all case defendants during plaintiffs case in chief in excess of $750,000.
Oct/Nov/Dec 2015

Gary Sisto v. Amcord Inc, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles
Judge: Hon. John Kralik
Trial Type: Products Liability - Negligence - Smoking - Lung Cancer
Case Settled During Plaintiffs Case-in-Chief: Excess of $750,000
3 weeks, October-November 2015

Alan Spalding et al. v. Apache Underground Construction, et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Jose
Judge: Hon. James Stoelker
Trial Type: Personal Injury - Mesothelioma- Negligence and Products Liability
Case Resolved as Verdict for Plaintiff was Being Announced.
Verdict of $2,714,000
Total Settlements In Excess of $5,500,000
4 Weeks, August - September, 2015

Doug Bell v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Leslie C. Nichols (Ret. - Sitting by Assignment).
Trial Type: Product Liability and Negligence - Mesothelioma - Career: Shoe Sales and Store Owner
Case resolved during Plaintiffs closing argument in excess of $3,500,000 as to all case defendants.
Aug/Sept 2015

Barbara Lewis, as Personal Representative for the Estate of John Robert Lewis, Deceased v. Todd Shipyards Corp. et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Federal District Court: Western District of Washington
Judge: Hon. Marsha Pechman
Trial Type: Wrongful Death
Case settled after motions in limine filed
Total settlements $2,114,608.87
August 2015

Ralph Schwebel v. Amcord, Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles (Santa Monica)
Judge: Hon. Lawrence Cho
Trial Type: Negligence - Product Liability - Smoking- Lung Cancer
Case resolved during plaintiffs' case-in-chief: in excess of $ 470,000 as to all case defendants
3 weeks, July 2015

Delmar Stephens v. Pacific Mechanical Corp., Timec Company, Westburne Supply, et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco
Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer
Trial Type: Personal Injury - Lung Cancer - Multiple Myeloma- Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved after motions in limine in excess of $1,750,000
1 Week, July 2015

Robert Hanson v. Beazer East Company, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Leslie C. Nichols (Ret. - sitting by assignment)
Trial Type: Retired insulator/carpenter with bilateral asbestos-caused pleural disease
Case resolved at the conclusion of pre-trial motions prior to jury selection in excess of $300,000 as to all case defendants.
June/July 2015

Larry Sublett v. Anderson, Rowe & Buckley, Cahill Contractors, Cupertino Electric, Johnson Controls, Kaiser Gypsum Company, Marcal Associates, Pacific Bell Telephone Company, Timec Company, et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco
Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer
Trial Type: Personal Injury - Mesothelioma- Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved after jury selection in excess of $3,400,000
3 Weeks, June 2015

Richard Borchart v. Crane Co.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles (Chatsworth)
Judge: Hon. Graciela Freixes
Trial Type: Negligence - Product Liability - Asbestosis
Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $ 135,000 as to all case defendants
1 week, June 2015

James Lackey v. Sequoia Ventures, Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles (Chatsworth)
Judge: Hon. Randy Rhodes
Trial Type: Negligence - Product Liability - Smoking - Pharyngeal Cancer
Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $680,000 as to all case defendants
1 week, May 2015

Omar Barstad v. Crane Co., Douglass Insulation Company, Inc., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, William Powell Company, et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco
Judge: Hon. Charles Haines
Trial Type: Personal Injury - Colon Cancer - Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved after motions in limine in excess of $175,000
1 Week, May 2015

Robert Lundquist v. Borg Warner Corporation, Crane Co., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco
Judge: Hon. Charles Haines
Trial Type: Personal Injury - Asbestosis - Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved after motions in limine in excess of $125,000
1 Week, May 2015

Barry Kelly v. Crane Co., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
U.S. District Court: Northern District of California
Judge: Hon. Vince Chhabria
Trial Type: Peritoneal Mesothelioma - Naval Veteran - USS Downes Destroyer Escort - General Maritime Law
Case resolved during Plaintiff's case in chief in excess of $2,000,000 as to all case parties.
May 2015

James Thomas v. J.T. Thorpe & Son, Union Carbide Corporation, et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Alameda County
Judge: Hon. Julia Spain
Trial Type: Personal Injury - Lung Cancer - Kaiser Gypsum Antioch Plant Worker - Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved during plaintiff’s case in chief in excess of $500,000
2 Weeks, April 2015

Geraldine Hilt, et al. v. Todd Shipyard Corporation, et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Northern District of California
Judge: Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero
Trial Type: Wrongful Death - Mesothelioma- Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved prior to trial in excess of $10,000,000
1 Week, April 2015

Charles Van Norman v. Bell Industries, Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles (Van Nuys)
Judge: Hon. James Kaddo
Trial Type: Negligence - Product Liability - Supplier -Mesothelioma
Case resolved during plaintiffs' case-in-chief: in excess of $ 2,600,000 as to all case defendants
3 weeks, April 2015

Judith Reece, Shirley Cronin, Shirley Admanson, Ollie McElrath, Renee Flaggs, Lisa Lee, Oleva Owens, Floyd Johnston, Barbara Scarborough, Mary Kratzer, Ernest Breda, et al. v. Hennessey Industries, Inc., Kelly-Moore Paint Company, Inc., Owens-Illinois, Inc., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco
Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos
Trial Type: Wrongful Death- Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer - Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved during trial motions in limine in excess of $6,700,000
3 Weeks, March - April 2015

Sharron Dowell, et al. v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Alameda
Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman
Trial Type: Wrongful Death- Lung Cancer - Negligence and Products Liability Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $200,000
1 Week, March 2015

Stephen and Paula Windham v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Solano County
Judge: Hon. Paul Beeman
Trial Type: Lung Cancer - Marine Machinist - Mare Island Naval Shipyard - Sturgeon Class Nuclear Submarine construction - Pintado, Drum and Guitarro - 1960s/70s.
Case settled at the end of plaintiffs' case in chief in excess of six figures.
Feb-April 2015

Newton King v. J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Alameda
Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman
Trial Type: Personal Injury - Asbestosis - Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $100,000
1 Week, February 2015

Betty Peterson et al v. Cahill Construction Co., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos
Trial Type: Wrongful Death Mesothelioma - Career Local #16 Insulator - Negligence and Product Liability
Case settled after Plaintiffs' opening statement as to all defendants in excess of $6,250,000
Jan-Feb 2015

Elaine Percy et al v. San Francisco Gravel Co., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos
Trial Type: Homemaker Mesothelioma Wrongful Death - Laundry exposure from insulator husband's work clothing - Negligence and Product Liability
Case settled after Plaintiffs' opening statement as to all defendants in excess of $3,000,000
Jan-Feb 2015

Roderick Johnston v. Kaiser Gypsum, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Los Angeles (Van Nuys)
Judge: Hon. Elizabeth Lippitt
Trial Type: Negligence - Product Liability - Smoking Lung Cancer
Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $690,000 as to all case defendants
2 weeks, January 2015

Eddie Gentry, et al v. Amcord, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: Orange
Judge: Hon. Kim Dunning
Trial Type :Negligence - Product Liability - Asbestos Pleural Disease
Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $170,000 as to all case defendants
1 week, January 2015

Debra Fontana, et al. v. Tosco Corporation; General Electric Co., et. al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco
Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer
Trial Type: Products Liability - Negligence - Wrongful Death - Asbestosis
Case resolved during Plaintiffs' case-in-chief: in excess of $900,000 as to all case defendants 
January 2015