Cases In 2004

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Asbestos Cases in 2004

Below are summaries of our trials from 2004. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

Oregon Jury Assesses Over $659,000 in Mesothelioma Case

A jury determined that a floor installer suffering from the cancer mesothelioma was entitled to over $659,000 due to his on-the-job exposure to asbestos.

(Morris Nagl and Donna Nagl v. Dowman Products Inc. , 2004, Case No. 02-04-04227, Oregon Circuit Court, Multnomah County)

Local Family Receives Payout from September 11 Victim Relief Fund

A family in Novato, California, received a payout of over $2 million from the September 11 Victim Relief Fund. Brayton Purcell LLP represented the family in a pro bono effort that was part of the Trial Lawyers Care (TLC) program. TLC is a nonprofit corporation of volunteer trial lawyers providing legal services to September 11th victims.

(Bench Trial to Special Master, 2004, Department of Justice, New York City, New York)

Selected Verdicts: 2004

Donald Perman v. Duro Dyne Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James McBride

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1,250,000

November-December 2004

In Re Group 282 v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al.

Consolidated Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Donald Mitchell

Trial Type: Premises Liability-Negligence

Cases Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $350,000

October 2004

Thomas McClure v. Fluor Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James Robertson II

Trial Type: Products Liability-Premises Liability-Negligence

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $650,000

August-September 2004

Anne Mader v. Owens Illinois Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James McBride

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled at Beginning of Voir Dire: Excess of $250,000

August 2004

Stanley Ives v. Hamilton Building Materials Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. David Ballati

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled After Jury Selection: Excess of $700,000

August 2004

David Davis v. Kelly Moore Paint Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. David Ballati

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled After Opening Statements: Excess of $550,000

July 2004

Richard Reynolds v. Hill Brothers Chemical Company

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $750,000

July 2004

Harlan Ketchum v. Union Carbide Corporation

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Peter Busch

Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Verdict: Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $3,600,000

June-July 2004


Morris Nagl and Donna Nagl v. Dowman Products Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Circuit Court: Multnomah County, Oregon

Judge: Hon. John A. Wittmayer

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Verdict: $659,720.87

May-June 2004

In Re Department of Justice – September 11 Victim Relief Fund

Bench Trial to Special Master

Department of Justice: New York City, New York

Judge: Special Master Kenneth Feinberg

Trial Type: Victim Compensation Fund-Congressional Mandate

Judgment: Claimant Family Awarded $2,083,000

May 2004

Robert Ryan v. Asbestos Corporation Ltd.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. John E. Munter

Trial Type: Products Liability-Disputed Mesothelioma

Verdict: Defense on Medical Diagnosis

Case Settled with Remaining Defendants: Excess of $500,000

March 2004

John Kiss v. Asbestos Defendants, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Charlene Padovani Mitchell

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Colon Cancer

Verdict: Case Settled at Opening Statements: Excess of $1,500,000

February-March 2004