Cases In 1999
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Below are summaries of our trials from 1999. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

Portland Man Wins $1.5 Million Jury Verdict For Injuries and Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure

A jury awarded over $1.5 million in favor of a 71–year old Portland worker diagnosed with asbestos–related lung disease and non–Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He had been exposed to asbestos–containing building products manufactured by Kaiser Gypsum.

(Robert Bush v. Kaiser Gypsum, 1999, Case No. 03–01863, Multnomah County Circuit Court, OR)

Jury Awards Navy Boilermaker Over $4.6 Million For Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure

A San Francisco jury awarded a boilermaker and his wife over $4.6 million in damages in a lawsuit against Exxon Corporation June 10, 1999 for injuries resulting from occupational exposure to asbestos while working at the Exxon refinery in Benicia, California.

(Todd v. Asbestos Defendants (BHC), 1999, Case No. 969158, San Francisco Superior Court)

Selected Verdicts: 1999

Lynda Broussard v. Graybar Electric Company

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith

Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Products Liability-Mesothelioma

Case Settled After Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief

December 1999

Dona Cottam v. Rapid American Corp.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Carlos Bea

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Products Liability-Mesothelioma

Case Settled After Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $750,000

November 1999

Sandra Holland v. U.S. Mineral; Douglas Insulation Co.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Stuart Pollak

Trial Type: Products Liability-Personal Injury-Mesothelioma

Case Settled After Opening Statements: Excess of $1,000,000

October 1999

Robert Bush v. Kaiser Gypsum

Civil Jury Trial

Oregon Circuit Court: Multnomah County, Oregon

Judge: Hon. Anna Brown

Trial Type: Products Liability-Personal Injury-Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

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

August-September 1999

Jim White v. ACandS, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. John Conway

Trial Type: Products Liability-Personal Injury-Mesothelioma

June 1999

Tracy Thompson v. T&N PLC

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. John Conway

Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Products Liability-Mesothelioma

May 1999

Arthur Manners v. E.J. Bartells Co.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. John Dearman

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Products Liability-Asbestosis

Case Settled During Trial: Excess of $3,500,000

April 1999

Janis Hoffman v. Mobil Oil Co.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Carlos Bea

Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Jones Act-Mesothelioma

Case Settled After Verdict

March 1999

Frank Dens v. Burlington Northern Railroad

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California

Judge: Hon. Frank Gafkowski

Trial Type: Personal Injury-FELA-Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Trial: Excess of $500,000

March 1999

Kenneth Kugelman v. John Crane Co. (opening statement)

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Raymond Arata

Trial Type: Products Liability-Personal Injury-Lung Cancer

Case on Appeal After Verdict

February 1999

Donald Dressler v. Lear Siegler Co.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Diane Wick

Trial Type: Products Liability-Personal Injury-Lymphoma

Case Mistried: Plaintiff Died During Trial

January 1999