Cases In 2007

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Asbestos Cases in 2007

Below are summaries of our trials from 2007. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

Asbestos Verdict of Over $868,000 for Family of Drywall Taper

A jury returned a verdict of over $868,000 in favor of the family of a drywall taper who died of asbestosis and asbestos pleural disease.

(Aline Ivance, Vicky Woolley, and Lindy Schluter v. Rich–Tex, Inc. , 2007 Case No. 419435, San Francisco Superior Court)

Selected Verdicts: 2007

James Dudick v. Hamilton Materials, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Nancy L. Davis

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Asbestosis

Case Settled Before Jury Selection: Excess of $200,000

December 2007

Kenneth and Flora Norris v. ConocoPhillips Company, Tosco Refining Company, Inc., Plant Insulation Company, Quintec Industries, Inc., Asbestos Corporation Limited, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Ernest H. Goldsmith

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1.25 million

December 2007

Judy Oxford, et al. vs. Foster Wheeler Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

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

Verdict: $2,039,519

November 2007-January 2008

In re Brayton Group 364 v. Plant Insulation Company, Republic Supply Company, Parker Boiler Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Asbestosis

Case Settled Before Jury Selection: Excess of $1.5 million

October 2007

Anthony Dudick v. Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Other Cancer

Case Settled Before Jury Selection: Excess of $130,000

October 2007

Jersey & Shirley Gray v. Allis-Chalmers Prod. Liability Trust, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence-Renal Cell Carcinoma

Case Settled After Jury Selection/Opening Statements: Excess of $950,000

September-October 2007

In re Brayton Group 402 v. Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Buffalo Pumps, Inc., IMO Industries, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Wrongful Death-Other Cancer

Case Settled Before Jury Selection: Excess of $600,000

September 2007

John Siegel v. Sequoia Ventures, Inc., J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., Foster Wheeler LLC, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Lung Cancer

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

September 2007

George Goodyard v. Leslie Controls, Inc., Elliott Turbomachinery Co., Inc., FMC Corporation-Turbo Pump Operation, IMO Industries, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1,550,000

August 2007

Twila Harford v. Union Pacific Railroad Company

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

Trial Type: Federal Employee Liability Act-Negligence-Lung Cancer

Case Settled After Presentation of Plaintiff’s Case: Excess of $1,000,000

August 2007

Shirley McClure v. Plant Insulation Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Lung Cancer

Case Settled After Plaintiff’s Opening Statement: Excess of $900,000

July 2007

In re Brayton Group 404 v. Swinerton Builders, Kentile Floors, Inc., Robertshaw Controls Company, Rockwell Automation, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Asbestosis

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $3.4 million

July 2007

In re Brayton Group 370 v. Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Hamilton Materials, Inc., Rockwell Automation, Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Asbestosis

Case Settled Between Jury Selection and Opening Statements: Excess of $900,000

July 2007

In re Asbestos Groups 378/391

Civil Jury Trials

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

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

Case Settled During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: 6 Trial Cases, 9 Trial Defendants in Excess of $100,000 Per Case

June-July 2007

In re Brayton Group 381 v. Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Osram Sylvania Inc., General Cable Corporation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Rockwell Automation, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Tomar Mason

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Asbestosis

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $1 million

June 2007

In re Brayton Group 371 v. Crane Co., National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Mary Wiss

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Personal Injury-Cancer

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $745,000

June 2007

In re Brayton Group 393 v. Advocate Mines, J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., Borg-Warner Automotive, Inc., Thorpe Insulation Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Mary Wiss

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

Case Settled During Motions in Limine: Excess of $875,000

June 2007

Albert Cook v. Plant Insulation Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Mary Wiss

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled at Jury Selection: Excess of $250,000

May-June 2007

In re Brayton Group 375 v. Contra Costa Electric, Allis-Chalmers Corporation Product Liability Trust, D.W. Nicholson Corporation, Ford Motor Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

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

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $4.3 million

May 2007

Edward McIntyre v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. John Stewart

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence

Case Settled During Presentation of Plaintiff’s Case in Chief: Excess of $2,600,000

April 2007

Ruth Cash, et. al v. Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

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

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $150,000

April 2007

Peter and Agnes Reiss v. Pneumo-Abex Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. John E. Munter

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $525,000

March-April 2007

Janet Blakley v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Charlotte Woolard

Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Products Liability-Lung Cancer

Case Settled After Jury Selection: Excess of $525,000

March 2007


Aline Ivance, et al. v. Rich-Tex, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Julie Tang

Trial Type: Products Liability-Asbestosis

Verdict: $868,787.64

Case Settled with Remaining Defendants: Excess of $320,000

March 2007

Rollen Cox (family) and Wenton Hutchinson (family) v. Beazer East, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Thomas Mellon

Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Product Liability-Negligence-Lung Cancer

Cases Settled During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $700,000 and $800,000

February 2007

Samuel Barrick v. Allen Bradley Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. Ronald Quidachay

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Settled at Voir Dire: Excess of $1,750,000

February 2007

Joseph Kotarski v. Rheem Manufacturing Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County, California

Judge: Hon. A. James Robertson

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Settled After Pre-trial Motions: Excess of $2,250,000

January 2007