Cases In 2014
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Cases in 2014

Below are summaries of our trials from 2014. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

John Santillan, Henry Goring, Charles Patterson v. Crane Co., Douglas Insulation Company, Inc., Golden Gate Drywall, Inc., Georgia-Pacific, LLC., Thomas Dee Engineering Company, J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

Trial Type: Personal Injury – Asbestosis – Plumber – Machinist Mate – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during jury selection, in excess of $400,000 as to all case defendants

2 weeks, December 2014

Damon & Sondra Leeper v. Certainteed Corporation; TIMEC; et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda County (Pleasanton Branch)

Judge: Hon. Julia Spain

Trial Type: Retired Plumber/Welder – Mesothelioma – Negligence/Products Liability – Loss of Consortium

Case resolved as to all case defendants at the conclusion of Plaintiffs’ case in chief in excess of $7,000,000

Nov-Dec 2014

Richard Lund v. Certainteed Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Smoking Lung Cancer

Case Settled during plaintiffs case-in-chief: in excess of $399,000 as to all case defendants

2 weeks, November 2014

Paula Tarjani, Robert Karpuk, Leola Starks, et al. v. J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Newton Lam

Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Asbestosis – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during trial motions in limine in excess of $350,000

1 Week, November 2014

Oldrich Harrison et al. v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., Borg Warner Morse TEC Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda

Judge: Hon. Jo-Lynne Lee

Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Paraoccupational- Lung Cancer – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved after trial motions in limine in excess of $300,000

1 Week, October 2014

Robert & Linda Whalen vs. John Crane, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda (Hayward), California

Judge: Hon. Victoria Kolakowski

Trial Type: Negligence – Products Liability – Mesothelioma

Verdict: $70,861,113

September-October 2014

Robert W. Cressy, as Personal Representative for the Estate of Verla Juanita Cressy v. C.H. Murphy/Clark-Ullman, Inc., et. al

Civil Jury Trial

Circuit Court: Portland, Oregon

Judge: Hon. Kathleen Dailey

Trial Type: Product Liability – Negligence – Wrongful Death – Asbestosis

Case settled after motions in limine in excess of $175,000

September 2014

Donald Fields v. Asbestos Corp. Ltd., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Marla Miller

Trial Type: Personal Injury­­­ Lung Cancer

Total aggregate settlements = over $463,000

September 2014

Milan Bacoka v. Durametallic Corporation, General Electric Company, Warren Pumps LLC., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Garret Wong

Trial Type: Personal Injury – Lung Cancer – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved after trial motions in limine in excess of $400,000

1 Week, September 2014

James Kraemer v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer

Trial Type: Personal Injury – Mesothelioma- Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during trial motions in limine in excess of $500,000

1 Week, September 2014

Donald and Asta Shackles v. C. Overaa & Co., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda

Judge: Hon. Julia Spain

Trial Type: Personal Injury Asbestosis and Asbestos Related Pleural Disease

Case resolved against the final defendant, C. Overaa & Co. minutes before plaintiffs’ opening statements

Total aggregate settlements = $326,050

August/September 2014

U.S. Navy Admiral Beverley Lowe(ret.); James Mack; Kerry O’Brien v. General Dynamics Corp. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

United States District Court – Northern District of California, San Francisco Division

Judge: Hon. Charles R. Breyer

Trial Type: Product Liability/Negligence – Personal Injury – Asbestosis/Pleural Disease

Cases resolved during the bifurcated jury trial of the Government Contractor affirmative defense in the plaintiffs’ cases in chief in excess of $650,000 as to all defendants.

August 2014

Steve A. Brinkman v. Gypsum Wallboard Supply, Inc. et al

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Seattle, Washington

Judge: Hon. Catherine Shaffer

Trial Type: Product Liability – Negligence – Personal Injury – Asbestosis

Case settled after Jury Selection: Excess of $100,000

1 week, August 2014

Willie Brown v. Conoco Phillips Company, Flowserve US Inc., Milwaukee Valve Company, Tosco Corporation, J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Garret Wong

Trial Type: Personal Injury – Lung Cancer – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during plaintiff’s case in chief in excess of $900,000

3 Weeks, August 2014

Trinidad Almendarez v. Owens-Illinois, Inc, Sequoia Ventures, Fluor Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles

Judge: Hon. Randy Rhodes

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

Case resolved during motions in limine in excess of $200,000

1 Week, August 2014

Raymond & Carol Byrum v. BorgWarner Morse TEC Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County – Long Beach Branch

Judge: Hon. Peter Mirich

Trial Type: Products Liability and Negligence – retired welder with lung cancer

Case resolved as to all defendants at start of jury selection in excess of $350,000.

August 2014

Victor & Sandra Self v. Taub-Co Managment, Incet al

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda (Hayward), California

Judge: Hon. Victoria Kolakowski

Trial Type: Negligence-Contractor -Smoking Lung Cancer

Mr. Self’s passed away during plaintiffs’ case-in-chief: settlements in Excess of $1,050,000

4 weeks, July-August 2014

Gloria McClain, et al. v. Asbestos Corp. Ltd., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. John K. Stewart

Trial Type: Wrongful Death­­­ Mesothelioma

Case resolved during plaintiffs’ case in chief

Total aggregate settlements = $8,284,933

July 2014

Larry Schuler v. Alcoa Inc., Conagra Grocery Products Co., Metalclad Insulation Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles

Judge: Hon. Patrick Madden

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

Case resolved during trial motions in limine in excess of $250,000

1 Week, July 2014

Tajie Major v. Lorillard Tobacco Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Los Angeles Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Amy Hogue – Dept 322

Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Product liability/Negligence – Lung Cancer from using Kent and Newport brand cigarettes

Verdict: $17,736,700 (Jury Poll 12-0)

June/July 2014

Perry Williams v. The Scott Company of California, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda, California

Judge: Hon. Jo-Lynne Q. Lee

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Contractor -Smoking Lung Cancer

Case Settled after Voir Dire: Excess of $200,000

2 weeks, June 2014

David Lorenzen v. Nacco Materials Handling Group, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda

Judge: Hon. Julia Spain

Trial Type: Personal Injury­­­ Mesothelioma

Case resolved as to all case defendants in excess of $1.2 million during trial ­verdict for Nacco Materials Handling Group, Inc.

May/­June 2014

Kenneth Ellingsen, et al v. Goodman Lumber, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Asbestosis

Case Settled after Opening Statements: Excess of $260,000

3 weeks, May 2014

Charles F. Peterson, et al v. San Francisco Gravel, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Pleural Disease

Case Settled after Opening Statements: Excess of $230,000

3 weeks, May 2014

Charles Fannin (Stationary Engineer); David Gerecke (Marine Machinest); John Giraudo (Laborer); Gloria McClain (Tommy McClain – Insulator); Guadalupe Ramirez (Marine Electrician); Edward Schlimmer (Pipefitter) v. Bath Iron Works Corporation; General Dynamics Corporation; et al.

Civil Jury Trials – 7 Consolidated Cases

United States District Court – Northern District of California

Judge: Hon. Charles R. Breyer and William H. Orrick

Trial Type: Personal Injury (Asbestosis/Pleural Disease) and Wrongful Death (Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer) Maritime Law

All cases resolved at commencement of jury selection in excess of $7,250,000 as to all defendants.

May 2014

Otis Glover v. Pacific Bell Telephone Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Case Settled after Voire Dire: Excess of $230,000

1 week, April 2014

SF Group 622 v. CBS Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Cases Settled during Motions in Limine: Excess of $300,000 group total.

2 weeks, April 2014

Kenneth Sawyer et ux v. Certainteed Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Alameda County – Pleasanton Branch Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Julia Spain

Trial Type: Products Liability/Negligence/Contractor Liability – Personal Injury/Loss of Consortium – Fire Sprinkler Fitter – Lung Cancer

Case resolved after jury selection at start of Opening Statements in excess of $1,500,000 as to all case defendants.

Feb-April 2014

John Gossett v. Vanderson Construction, Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Marla Miller

Trial Type: Negligence – Personal Injury – Asbestosis/Pleural Disease

Case resolved at the start of jury selection in excess of $350,000 as to all case defendants

March 2014

Allen Kulikoff v. Alta Building Materials, Amcord, Inc., Pacific Coast Building Products, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. John Stewart

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

Case resolved after motions in limine in excess of $240,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, March 2014

Richard Sheffield v. Cooper Brothers, Inc., Douglass Insulation Company, Inc., Scott Co. of California, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Teri Jackson

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

Case resolved prior to motions in limine in excess of $215,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, March 2014

Robert Lovett et al. v. Owens Illinois, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: King County, Washington

Judge: Hon. Helen Halpert

Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved prior to motions in limine in excess of $1,265,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, March 2014

Emma Ragan, Angelina Phelan, Sandra Phillips, Louisa McCoy et al. v. General Electric Company, Owens Illinois, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally Taylor

Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Cancer – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during motions in limine in excess of $600,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, March 2014

Richard Musgrave, Edward Lee, Gordon Lemos, James Harkin v. General Electric Company, General Plumbing Supply Company, Inc., Georgia Pacific LLC, Truitt and White Lumber Co., Calportland Company, Oscar E. Erickson, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. John Stewart

Trial Type: Personal Injury- Asbestosis- Laborer – Hod Carrier – Welder – Boiler Maker – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $670,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, March 2014

Gary Kase v. Armstrong International, Crane Co., Foster Lumber Yard, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Goulds Pumps, Inc, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally Taylor

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

Case resolved after jury selection in excess of $335,000 as to all case defendants

3 Weeks, February 2014

Carroll Cline v. Albay Construction Company, Crane Co., Dillingham Construction, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Oscar E. Erickson, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally Taylor

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

Case resolved after jury selection in excess of $700,000 as to all case defendants

3 Weeks, February 2014

Patrick Farley v. Armstrong International, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally Taylor

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

Case resolved during motions in limine in excess of $340,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, February 2014

Janeen Kempton et al v. Flowserve US Inc., Goulds Pumps, International Truck & Engine Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Salt Lake City, Utah

Judge: Hon. Skancy

Trial Type: Wrongful Death- Lung Cancer – Millwright- Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during pre-trial conference in excess of $145,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, January 2014

Vicky Wolley et al v. Rich-Tex, Inc., Pacific Coast Building Products, Inc., Union Carbide Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Newton Lam

Trial Type: Wrongful Death- Lung Cancer – Paraoccupational – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during motions in limine in excess of $200,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, January 2014

Dezirae Hall et al v. Rich-Tex, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Newton Lam

Trial Type: Wrongful Death- Lung Cancer – Drywall Finisher – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during opening statement in excess of $490,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, January 2014

Janeen Kempton et ux. v. Flowserve US, Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

3rd Judicial District Court – Salt Lake County, Utah

Judge: Hon. Randall N. Skanchy

Trial type: Wrongful Death Negligence/Products Liability – Mechanic/Line Supervisor – Lung Cancer

Case settled after final pre-trial conference in excess of $250,000 as to all defendants

January 2014

Sam Hasty et al. v. Georgia-Pacific LLC, Lamons Gasket Company, Oscar E. Erickson, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

Trial Type: Personal Injury – Lung Cancer – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $375,000 as to all case defendants

1 Week, Dec 2013