Cases In 2001
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Asbestos, Auto Injury, and Elder Abuse Cases

Below are summaries of our trials from 2001.

San Francisco Jury Awards Over $2.3 Million to Ex–Johns Manville Plant Worker

A San Francisco jury awarded a former Johns Manville plant worker and his wife, $2.3 Million in damages. The Plaintiff suffers from asbestosis and asbestos–pleural disease, caused from his occupational exposures to asbestos.

Jury Awards $16.4 Million in Auto Injury Case

A Salt Lake City jury awarded $16.4 million to an 11 1/2 year old boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury that he received in a head–on automobile crash.

Anthony Gallegos et al. v. Dick Simon Trucking, Inc., 2001, Utah District Court, Salt Lake City, UT

San Francisco Jury Awards Worker Families Over $2 Million

A San Francisco jury awarded over $2 million to the families of two deceased workers who died from asbestos–related lung cancer due to their occupational exposures.

Los Angeles Jury Awards Over $4,400,000 to Dying Steamfitter

A steamfitter diagnosed with mesothelioma received over $4.4 million in damages. The defendant, John Crane, Inc., manufactured asbestos pump and valve packing and gaskets that the steamfitter used at a power plant during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

James and Rose Efstratios v. John Crane, Inc., 2001, Case No. BC226519, Los Angeles Superior Court

Jury Awards $1.5 Million in Elder Abuse Case Against Physician

In the first successful elder abuse case of its kind, a jury awarded $1.5 million to the family of a deceased man whose doctor had failed to provide him with adequate pain medication in the last days of his terminal cancer.

Beverly Bergman et al. v. Wing Chin, M.D., Eden Medical Center, 2001, Case No. H205732–1, Alameda Superior Court, CA

Jury Awards Over $1.5 Million in Asbestos Case

A millwright who was exposed to asbestos–containing insulation at his job site contracted non–Hodgkins lymphoma and colon cancer. A Seattle jury returned a verdict of over $1.5 million against a leading pipe and boiler insulation contractor.

Ray Sundberg v. ACandS, Inc. et al., 2001, Case No. 21756–0, King County Superior Court, OR

Jury awards over $8 million in asbestos case

A jury returned a verdict of $8 million in favor of an insulator who contracted mesothelioma from work around boilers at a refinery.

Alan Vasen v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, 2001, Case No. 312211, San Francisco Superior Court

Jury Awards $318,000 in Four Asbestos Cases

A San Francisco jury awarded $318,000 to three retired workers and one active worker suffering from asbestosis and asbestos–related pleural disease due to their occupational exposures to asbestos.

Selected Verdicts: 2001

Mark Compton, et ux. v. Asbestos Defendants
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Robert Dondero
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence
Case Settled After Opening Statement: Excess of $2,000,000
November 2001

Anthony Gallegos, et al. v. Dick Simon Trucking, Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
District Court: Salt Lake City, Utah
Judge: Hon. Lee A. Dever
Trial Type: Highway Truck Crash
Verdict: $16,400,000
September-November 2001

Group 193
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Alfred Chiantelli
Trial Type: Shipyard-Products Liability
Verdict: $701,001
August 2001

Robert Alexander v. Union Pacific Railroad/Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Co.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Robert Dondero
Trial Type: FELA-Products Liability
Case Settled After Jury Selection: Excess of $750,000
June-July 2001

Ray Sundberg v. ACandS, Inc., et al.  
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: King County, Washington
Judge: Hon. Linda Lau
Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Living Lymphoma
Verdict: $1,511,900
March-April 2001

Fred Robertson v. Westside Building Material Co., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County, California
Judge: Hon. Carlos Bea
Trial Type: Lung and Tongue Cancer
Case Settled After Plaintiff Verdict on Statute of Limitations Defense: Excess of $800,000
January-February 2001