Cases In 2012

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Asbestos Cases in 2012

Below are summaries of our trials from 2012. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

In Re Living Asbestosis Group A-D (Millard, Williams, Uber, et. al) v. San Francisco Gravel, J.S. Guerin, Johns Manville Manufacturing, Cupertino Electric, Scott Company, et al.

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Case Settled After Opening Statements: Excess of $2,600,000

December 2012

Dana Santiago v. Certainteed, et al.

Superior Court: Alameda (Hayward), California

Judge: Hon. Delbert C. Gee

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

Case Settled following Voir Dire: Excess of $260,000

2 weeks, November 2012

Bobbie Holloway v. Calpac Homes, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

SuperiorCourt:Los Angeles, California

Judge: Hon. Mary Anne Murphy

Trial Type: Product Liability – Negligence – Non-Occupational – Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Trial Status Conference: Excess of $350,000

November 2012


Vincent Monaco v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles, California

Judge: Hon. Frederick C. Shaller

Trial Type: Product Liability – Negligence – Mesothelioma

Verdict of $1,979,228

Case Resolved With Other Defendants In Excess of $2,200,000

5 weeks, October-November 2012

Dominic Rielli v. Certainteed, et al.

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Ernest H. Goldsmith

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

Case Settled during Motions in Limine: Excess of $150,000

1 week, October 2012


Melvin Desin v. Asbestos Corporation Ltd, et al.Melvin Desin v. Asbestos Corporation Ltd, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

Trial Type: Mesothelioma – Negligence – Product Liability

Verdict: $13,227,939 as to Kaiser Gypsum Only.

August-November 2012

Sherlynn Suitor, et al v. Johnson Controls, et al

Superior Court: Los Angeles, California

Judge: Hon. Amy Hogue

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

Case Settled after the close of plaintiffs’ case-in-chief: Excess of $1,850,000

4 weeks, July-August 2012

John and Sandra Leonard v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Ernest H. Goldsmith

Trial Type: Failure to Warn Product Liability and Negligence, Consumer Expectation Design Defect – Mesothelioma.

Case Resolved while jury was in deliberations in excess of $1,500,000 as to all case defendants.

April-July 2012

Betty Janiszewski, et al v. Rich-Tex, et al.

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Case Settled During Plaintiffs’ Case-in-chief: Excess of $580,000

June 2012

Shane Brandon, et al v. J-M Manufacturing Co., et al

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Case Settled After Opening Statements: Excess of $382,000

June 2012

Adelma Gilpin, et al v. Goodrich Corporation, et al

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Case Settled after Voire Dire: Excess of $712,000

2 weeks, May 2012

Linda Griffin, et al v. Union Carbide Corporation., et al

Superior Court: Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Judge: Hon. Youlee You

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

Case Settled During Pre-Trial Conference: Excess of $900,000

May 2012

Charles Sumner, et al v. Oakfabco, Inc., et al

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Case Settled After Voire Dire: Excess of $216,000

May 2012

Howard Shirley v. Cooper Industries, LLC, Eaton Electrical, Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda County

Judge: Hon. Jo-Lynn Q. Lee

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

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

April 2012

Judith Black v. Big Bear Community Services District

Bench Trial

Superior Court: San Bernardino County

Judge: Hon. Marsha Slough

Trial Type: Dangerous Condition of a Public Property-Personal Injury-Mesothelioma

Case Settled During Motions in Limine: Excess of $3,149,000

April 2012

Marion Kosich, et al. v. Honeywell International, et al.

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Settled During Plaintiffs’ Case In Chief: Excess of $1,690,000

March-April 2012

Oscar Bonetto v. Kelly Moore Paint Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

Trial Type: Product Liability-Negligence-Pseudomesotheliomatous Adenocarcinoma of the Lung

Case Resolved Toward the End of Plaintiff’s Case in Chief: Excess of $1,800,000 as to All Case Defendants

February-March 2012

Thomas Metcalf, et ux. v. San Francisco Gravel Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Curtis E.A. Karnow

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Mesothelioma

Case Resolved During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $14,000,000 as to All Case Defendants

November 2011-February 2012

In Re BP576 v. Certainteed Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., R & A Seiler Enterprises, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

Trial Type: Products Liability-Wrongful Death-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Motions In Limine: Excess of $2,346,000

January 2012

Sandy Siegel, et al. v. Honeywell International, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

Trial Type: Products Liability-Wrongful Death-Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Motions In Limine: Excess of $680,000

January 2012

In Re BP581 v. H.B. Smith Company, Inc., Moore Bros., Crane Co., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

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

Case Settled During Jury Selection: Excess of $850,000

January 2012

Natalie Buford, et al. v. Marc Paul, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

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

Case Settled During Motions In Limine: Excess of $400,000

January 2012

In Re BP582 v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., Sequoia Ventures, Inc., J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc., J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., Honeywell International, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

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

Case Settled During Motions In Limine: Excess of $1,300,000

January 2012

In Re BP578 v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., Sequoia Ventures, Inc., S.B. Decking, Inc., Tosco Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

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

Case Settled During Opening Statements: Excess of $2,900,000

January 2012