Cases In 2005
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Asbestos Cases in 2005

Below are summaries of our trials from 2005. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

SF Jury Finds Chrysotile Asbestos Causes Rare Peritoneal Mesothelioma

A jury awarded over $1.9 million to a 71–year–old retired sheet metal worker, Genaro Garcia, who developed peritoneal mesothelioma from his prior on–the–job exposure to asbestos.

(Genaro Garcia and Delia Garcia v. Duro Dyne Corporation and Holmes & Narver, Inc. , 2005, Case No. 418098, San Francisco Superior Court)

Jury Awards $2.8 Million for Terminal Asbestosis

A San Francisco jury awarded Harold Phelps and his wife Neva $2.8 million in damages because of occupational exposure to asbestos.

(Harold Phelps v. Hamilton Materials, Inc., 2005, Case No. 433734, San Francisco Superior Court)

San Francisco Jury Delivers Verdict of $3.4 Million in Colon Cancer Asbestos Trial

A San Francisco jury delivered a plaintiff’s verdict of over $3.4 million for Ralph Pierce, a 70–year old retired machine operator and supervisor suffering from colon cancer from his on–the–job exposure to asbestos products.

(Ralph Pierce v. Certainteed Corporation, 2005, Case No. 408642, San Francisco Superior Court)

Orange County Jury Assesses $62,000 in Asbestosis Case

An Orange County jury assessed damages of $62,000 in favor of a retired pipefitter with asbestosis and pleural disease caused by his occupational exposure to asbestos.

(Ronald Kautz v. Advocate Mines, Ltd, 2005, Case No. 00CC14366, Orange County Superior Court)

Seattle Jury Delivers Plaintiff Verdict of $242,500 in Asbestosis Case

A Seattle jury awarded $242,500 to a paper mill worker suffering from asbestosis due to his exposure to asbestos in dryer felts.

(Ernest Coulter and Lerose Coulter v. ACandS, Inc. et al. , 2005, Case No. 01–2–34675–0SEA, King County Superior Court, WA)

San Francisco Jury Awards $8,673,704 in Mesothelioma Case

A San Francisco jury awarded $8,673,704.74 to a 60 year old former United States Navy machinist and engineering officer suffering from terminal pleural mesothelioma caused by his service–related exposure to asbestos.

(Anthony Cadlo and Maxlyn Cadlo v. John Crane Inc. and Metalclad Insulation Corp., 2005, Case No. 412325, San Francisco Superior Court)

San Francisco Jury Awards $1,250,000 in Asbestosis Case

A San Francisco jury unanimously awarded damages of $1,250,000 in favor of a retired pipefitter with asbestosis and pleural disease caused by his occupational exposure to asbestos.

(Geronia Quarles v. Advocate Mines, Ltd. , 2005, Case No.409170, San Francisco Superior Court)

Selected Verdicts: 2005

Alan Reinstein v. Kentile Floors Inc.; Bondex International Company

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California

Judge: Hon. Ricardo A. Torres

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Product Liability-Negligence

Case Settled After Verdict for Defendant Bondex: Excess of $900,000

December 2005-January 2006


Genaro Garcia and Delia Garcia v. Duro Dyne Corporation and Holmes & Narver, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Paul Alvarado

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Verdict: $1,900,000

October-November 2005

Walter Cozad v. Certainteed Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James Robertson

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Resolved at Jury Selection: Excess of $400,000

September 2005

In re Group Thorpe Insulation Company Wrongful Death Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Other Cancer (Lead Case – Stanley Young, et al. v. Thorpe Insulation Company)

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. David Ballati

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Other Cancer

Case Settled During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $5 million

August 2005

Thomas McCollum v. Natkin & Co., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Asbestosis

Case Settled During Jury Hardships: Excess of $600,000

August 2005

In re Group Thorpe Insulation Company Living and Wrongful Death Asbestosis Cases (Diane Story, et al. v. Thorpe Insulation Company)

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. David Ballati

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis

Case Settled During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $1 million

August 2005

John Surprenant v. 20th Century Fox Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California

Judge: Hon. Victor E. Chavez

Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma-Wrongful Death

Case Resolved During Plaintiff’s Case in Chief: Excess of $2,500,000

August 2005

Shaheed Nuriddin v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Paul Alvarado

Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence

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

June 2005

Richard Gifford v. Hamilton Materials, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James Robertson

Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $700,000

June 2005

Warren Fisher v. D.B. Riley, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Voir Dire: Excess of $2 million

June 2005

Daniel Griggs v. Dowman Products, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James Robertson

Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $200,000

June 2005

Ronald Kautz v. Advocate Mines, Ltd.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Orange County, California

Judge: Hon. Kim Dunning

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis

Verdict: $62,000

Settled with Remaining Defendants: Excess of $50,000

3 weeks, April-May 2005


Ralph Pierce v. Certainteed Corporation

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Mary Wiss

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Verdict: $3,461,333.29

April-May 2005


Ernest Coulter and Lerose Coulter v. ACandS, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: King County, Washington

Judge: Hon. Sharon Armstrong

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Living Asbestosis

Verdict: $242,500

March-April, 2005

Charles Scandlyn v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith

Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $2 million

March 2005

Zeddie Masters v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James McBride

Trial Type: Negligence-Products Liability-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Pre-Trial Motions: Excess of $400,000

March 2005

Ronald Scrivner v. Supro Corporation

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Julie Tang

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis

Case Settled During Voir Dire: Excess of $90,000

March 2005

Patricia Moore v. Harley Davidson Corp, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: King County, Washington

Judge: Hon. Douglas North

Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma-Wrongful Death

Case Settled at Start of Pre-trial Motions: Excess of $1,000,000

March 2005

In Re Group 283 Asbestos Cases

Consolidated Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Kevin McCarthy

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Verdict: Cases Settled Prior to Start of Motions in Limine: Excess of $250,000

March 2005

Tommy Archibeque v. Rockwell Automation Corporation

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California

Judge: Hon. Mel Red Recana

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled at the Start of Motions in Limine: Excess of $650,000

February 2005

Robert Botorff v. Asbestos Defendants BP, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California

Judge: Hon. Alexandar Williams III

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled at the Beginning of Jury Selection During Motions in Limine: Excess of $450,000

February 2005

Chester Harris v. Sequoia Ventures Inc. (fma Bechtel Corporation), et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Charlene Mitchell

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

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

January-February 2005

David Dryden v. Volkswagen of America Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Alex Saldamondo

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled After Opening Statements: Excess of $1,250,000

January 2005


Geronia Quarles v. Advocate Mines, Ltd.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Ellen Chaitin

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis

Verdict: $1,250,000

Settled with Remaining Defendants: Excess of $25,000

January 2005