Cases In 1998

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Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, and Asbestos Verdicts

Below are summaries of our trials from 1998. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

Dying Asbestos Insulator Awarded $4.5 Million

A San Francisco jury awarded a dying asbestos insulator $4,486,000 in damages. The defendants, Raymark Industries, Inc. and Pittsburgh Corning Corporation manufactured asbestos products which the plaintiff used in the 1960s and 1970s.

Fairfield Jury Awards $6.245 Million to 14 Asbestos Plaintiffs

A Fairfield jury awarded 14 plaintiffs of Vacaville, Fairfield and Vallejo, California over $6,245,000 in damages.

Five San Francisco Mesothelioma Victims Awarded $3.8 Million

A San Francisco jury awarded $3,815,100 in five cases to the families of five workers who died of mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure.

$3.2 Million Verdict Awarded to Eleven Workers Injured By Asbestos Products

San Francisco jury awarded $3,203,800 to ten retired workers and one active worker suffering from asbestosis and asbestos–related pleural disease due to their occupational exposures to asbestos.

Laryngeal Cancer Victims Awarded $3.6 Million For Injuries Caused by Asbestos–containing Drywall

A San Francisco jury returned a verdict in two cases, awarding $3,688,523 to two workers who suffered laryngeal cancer and had their larynxes removed as a result of their occupational exposure to asbestos.

Dying Machinist And Wife Awarded $4.5 Million; Largest Loss of Consortium Verdict in an Asbestos Trial

A San Francisco jury awarded Daniel Wilson, Sr. and his wife, Lois Wilson, $4,591,091.51 in damages. The defendant, John Crane, Inc. manufactured and supplied asbestos products, including packing and gaskets, which Daniel Wilson, Sr. used throughout most of his career working at southwestern United States power plants.

Widow of Asbestos Floor Tile Installer Who Died of Mesothelioma Awarded Nearly $1 Million

A San Francisco jury awarded $995,432.15 to a widow of a flooring mechanic who died of malignant pleural mesothelioma due to his occupational exposure to asbestos.

Selected Verdicts: 1998

James Davidson v. Synkoloid Company

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Diane Wick

Trial Type: Products Liability-Personal Injury-Laryngeal Cancer

Case Settled After Verdict: Excess of $1,500,000

November-December 1998

Hendrick Oranje v. Dowman Products Company

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Diane Wick

Trial Type: Products Liability-Laryngeal Cancer

Case Settled After Verdict: Excess of $2,500,000

October 1998

Barbara Wiggins v. Owens Corning Fiberglas

Pre-Trial/Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California

Judge: Hon. Frank Gafkowski

Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Products Liability-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Trial: Excess of $200,000

September 1998


Daniel Wilson v. John Crane Co.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Douglas Munson

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Products Liability-Mesothelioma

Pending on Appeal After Verdict: Excess of $4,500,000

July 1998

Dale Walker v. Owens Corning Fiberglas

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Orange County, California

Judge: Hon. James McDonald

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Products Liability-Asbestosis

Case Settled Prior to Entering Punitive Phase: Excess of $100,000

June 1998

Gerald Baer, et al. v. Owens Corning

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Orange County, California

Judge: Hon. Phillip Petty

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Products Liability-Asbestosis

Case Settled After Verdict

April-May 1998

Raymond Burks v. Owens Corning Fiberglas

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Douglas Munson

Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Products Liability-Asbestosis

Settled After Verdict

February 1998

Gerald August, et al. v. Raymark Industries, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Solano County, California

Judge: Hon. Richard Harris

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Wrongful Death-Conspiracy-Asbestosis

Raymark Filed for Bankruptcy After Verdicts: Excess of $6,500,000

October-February 1997-1998