Cases In 1999
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Asbestos Cases

Below are summaries of our trials from 1999.

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