Cases In 2006

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Asbestos Cases in 2006

Below are summaries of our trials from 2006. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

Verdict of Over $18.5 Million for Aerospace Plastics Molder Suffering from Mesothelioma

A jury ruled in favor of a former plastics molder suffering from mesothelioma, assessing over $18.5 million in damages against a former asbestos mining and manufacturing company.

(David Bakkie v. Union Carbide Corporation , 2006 Case No. 445300, San Francisco Superior Court)

San Francisco Jury Awards Over $11.5 Million in Asbestos Case

A jury awarded over $1.1 million to a Navy veteran suffering from asbestosis and $400,000 to his wife for the loss of his companionship. The defendant, Asbestos Corporation Limited, acted with malice or oppression, according to the jury, which added another $10 million in punitive damages against the company.

(Joseph Garza and Mary Garza v. Asbestos Corporation Limited, 2006 Case No. 438144, San Francisco Superior Court)

Jury Returns Verdict of Over $750,000 for Mix–up of Stillborn Child’s Cremated Remains

An Ohio jury returned a verdict of over $750,000 in favor of a young couple whose stillborn son’s cremated remains were mixed with those of an adult.

(Tonya Leach and Edward Squire v. E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home et al. , 2006, Case No. CV 04 546335, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Ohio)

Verdict of $1,917,400 for Retired Navy Machinist Exposed to Asbestos

A jury ruled in favor of a retired machinist, Charlton Clemmer, and his wife, Kay, in their products liability and negligence trial against John Crane, Inc., a former manufacturer of asbestos–containing valve and pump packing, and Thorpe Insulation Company, a former supplier and distributor of asbestos thermal insulation.

(Charlton and Kay Clemmer v. John Crane, Inc. and Thorpe Insulation Company , 2006, Case No. 434434, San Francisco Superior Court)

SF Jury Awards $1,083,000 in Asbestos Cancer Case

A jury awarded $1,083,000 to Merle Sandy, a 60–year–old retired pipefitter suffering from asbestos pleural disease, asbestosis and colon cancer caused by his on–the–job exposure to asbestos.

(Merle Sandy v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, 2006, Case No. 324212, San Francisco Superior Court)

Selected Verdicts: 2006

Richard Campbell v. Kaiser Gypsum Co, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. John E. Munter

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Settled After Paneling of Jury Veniere: Excess of $1,350,000

November-December 2006

Houston Muckelvane v. Highland Stucco and Lime Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Orange County, California

Judge: Hon. Thierry Colaw

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis-Pleural Disease

Case Settled After Jury Selected/Opening Statements: Excess of $140,000

October 2006

In re Group 365 v. Crane Co., Leslie Controls Inc., Union Carbide Corporation, et al.

Consolidated Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Wrongful Death-Asbestosis

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1,180,000

September 2006

In re Group 353 v. Hamilton Materials Inc., Leslie Controls Inc., ITT Inc., et al.

Consolidated Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Wallace Douglass

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

Case Settled During Motions in Limine: Excess of $7 million

August 2006

Walter Ledbetter, et al. v. Ingersoll-Rand Company #448020

Civil Bench Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. John E. Munter

Trial Type: Breach of Contract

Judgment: $82,440.35

July 2006

Charlie Hansen, et al. v. Certainteed Corporation, Quintec Industries Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Donald Mitchell

Trial Type: Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Plaintiff’s Case in Chief: Excess of $6,275,000

July 2006

Duane Eastham et al. v. Certainteed Corporation, J.T. Thorpe Insulation Company, et al.

Donald Allen v. J.T. Thorpe Insulation Company, et al.

Consolidated Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Donald Mitchell

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Jury Hardships: Excess of $1,900,000

July 2006


David Bakkie v. Union Carbide Corporation

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Gail DeKreon

Trial type: Personal Injury-Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Verdict: $18,523,450

June-September 2006

Harry Buford v. Hamilton Materials, Inc., and Rich-Tex, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $270,000

June 2006

Floyd Greenway v. Sequoia Ventures, Inc. and Viacom, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. James Conway

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1,500,000

June 2006

Elaine and Danna Fontes v. Rockwell Automation, Inc. and Thorpe Insulation, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County, California

Judge: Hon. James Satt

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Opening Statements: Excess of $1,565,000

March 2006


Charlton Clemmer, et al. v. John Crane, Inc. and Thorpe Insulation Company

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Kevin McCarthy

Trial Type: Personal Injury-Product Liability-Negligence

Verdict: $1,917,400

February-March 2006

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