Cases In 2015
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Cases in 2015

Below are summaries of our trials from 2015. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

David Helm, et. al. v. Pneumo Abex LLC, Hennessy Industries, Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda

Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman

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

Case Resolved After Jury Selection In Excess of $1,300,000

1 Week, December 2015

Richard Whittenburg, et ux. v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Solano County

Judge: Hon. Paul L. Beeman

Trial Type: Product Liability and Negligence – Personal Injury – Lung Cancer – Combined Effects of Asbestos and Cigarettes – Former Mare Island Naval Shipyard Machinest and Nuclear Inspector.

Case resolved as to all case defendants during plaintiffs case in chief in excess of $750,000.

Oct/Nov/Dec 2015

Gary Sisto v. Amcord Inc, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles

Judge: Hon. John Kralik

Trial Type: Products Liability – Negligence – Smoking – Lung Cancer

Case Settled During Plaintiffs Case-in-Chief: Excess of $750,000

3 weeks, October-November 2015

Alan Spalding et al. v. Apache Underground Construction, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Jose

Judge: Hon. James Stoelker

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

Case Resolved as Verdict for Plaintiff was Being Announced.

Verdict of $2,714,000

Total Settlements In Excess of $5,500,000

4 Weeks, August – September, 2015

Doug Bell v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Leslie C. Nichols (Ret. – Sitting by Assignment).

Trial Type: Product Liability and Negligence – Mesothelioma – Career: Shoe Sales and Store Owner

Case resolved during Plaintiffs closing argument in excess of $3,500,000 as to all case defendants.

Aug/Sept 2015

Barbara Lewis, as Personal Representative for the Estate of John Robert Lewis, Deceased v. Todd Shipyards Corp. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Federal District Court: Western District of Washington

Judge: Hon. Marsha Pechman

Trial Type: Wrongful Death

Case settled after motions in limine filed

Total settlements $2,114,608.87

August 2015

Ralph Schwebel v. Amcord, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Santa Monica)

Judge: Hon. Lawrence Cho

Trial Type: Negligence – Product Liability – Smoking- Lung Cancer

Case resolved during plaintiffs’ case-in-chief: in excess of $ 470,000 as to all case defendants

3 weeks, July 2015

Delmar Stephens v. Pacific Mechanical Corp., Timec Company, Westburne Supply, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer

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

Case resolved after motions in limine in excess of $1,750,000

1 Week, July 2015

Robert Hanson v. Beazer East Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Leslie C. Nichols (Ret. – sitting by assignment)

Trial Type: Retired insulator/carpenter with bilateral asbestos-caused pleural disease

Case resolved at the conclusion of pre-trial motions prior to jury selection in excess of $300,000 as to all case defendants.

June/July 2015

Larry Sublett v. Anderson, Rowe & Buckley, Cahill Contractors, Cupertino Electric, Johnson Controls, Kaiser Gypsum Company, Marcal Associates, Pacific Bell Telephone Company, Timec Company, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer

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

Case resolved after jury selection in excess of $3,400,000

3 Weeks, June 2015

Richard Borchart v. Crane Co.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Chatsworth)

Judge: Hon. Graciela Freixes

Trial Type: Negligence – Product Liability – Asbestosis

Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $ 135,000 as to all case defendants

1 week, June 2015

James Lackey v. Sequoia Ventures, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Chatsworth)

Judge: Hon. Randy Rhodes

Trial Type: Negligence – Product Liability – Smoking – Pharyngeal Cancer

Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $680,000 as to all case defendants

1 week, May 2015

Omar Barstad v. Crane Co., Douglass Insulation Company, Inc., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, William Powell Company, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Charles Haines

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

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

1 Week, May 2015

Robert Lundquist v. Borg Warner Corporation, Crane Co., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Charles Haines

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

Case resolved after motions in limine in excess of $125,000

1 Week, May 2015

Barry Kelly v. Crane Co., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

U.S. District Court: Northern District of California

Judge: Hon. Vince Chhabria

Trial Type: Peritoneal Mesothelioma – Naval Veteran – USS Downes Destroyer Escort – General Maritime Law

Case resolved during Plaintiff’s case in chief in excess of $2,000,000 as to all case parties.

May 2015

James Thomas v. J.T. Thorpe & Son, Union Carbide Corporation, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda County

Judge: Hon. Julia Spain

Trial Type: Personal Injury – Lung Cancer – Kaiser Gypsum Antioch Plant Worker – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during plaintiff’s case in chief in excess of $500,000

2 Weeks, April 2015

Geraldine Hilt, et al. v. Todd Shipyard Corporation, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Northern District of California

Judge: Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero

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

Case resolved prior to trial in excess of $10,000,000

1 Week, April 2015

Charles Van Norman v. Bell Industries, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Van Nuys)

Judge: Hon. James Kaddo

Trial Type: Negligence – Product Liability – Supplier -Mesothelioma

Case resolved during plaintiffs’ case-in-chief: in excess of $ 2,600,000 as to all case defendants

3 weeks, April 2015

Judith Reece, Shirley Cronin, Shirley Admanson, Ollie McElrath, Renee Flaggs, Lisa Lee, Oleva Owens, Floyd Johnston, Barbara Scarborough, Mary Kratzer, Ernest Breda, et al. v. Hennessey Industries, Inc., Kelly-Moore Paint Company, Inc., Owens-Illinois, Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case resolved during trial motions in limine in excess of $6,700,000

3 Weeks, March – April 2015

Sharron Dowell, et al. v. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda

Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman

Trial Type: Wrongful Death- Lung Cancer – Negligence and Products Liability Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $200,000

1 Week, March 2015

Stephen and Paula Windham v. Metalclad Insulation Corporation

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Solano County

Judge: Hon. Paul Beeman

Trial Type: Lung Cancer – Marine Machinist – Mare Island Naval Shipyard – Sturgeon Class Nuclear Submarine construction – Pintado, Drum and Guitarro – 1960s/70s.

Case settled at the end of plaintiffs’ case in chief in excess of six figures.

Feb-April 2015

Newton King v. J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda

Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman

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

Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $100,000

1 Week, February 2015

Betty Peterson et al v. Cahill Construction Co., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

Trial Type: Wrongful Death Mesothelioma – Career Local #16 Insulator – Negligence and Product Liability

Case settled after Plaintiffs’ opening statement as to all defendants in excess of $6,250,000

Jan-Feb 2015

Elaine Percy et al v. San Francisco Gravel Co., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

Trial Type: Homemaker Mesothelioma Wrongful Death – Laundry exposure from insulator husband’s work clothing – Negligence and Product Liability

Case settled after Plaintiffs’ opening statement as to all defendants in excess of $3,000,000

Jan-Feb 2015

Roderick Johnston v. Kaiser Gypsum, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Van Nuys)

Judge: Hon. Elizabeth Lippitt

Trial Type: Negligence – Product Liability – Smoking Lung Cancer

Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $690,000 as to all case defendants

2 weeks, January 2015

Eddie Gentry, et al v. Amcord, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Orange

Judge: Hon. Kim Dunning

Trial Type :Negligence – Product Liability – Asbestos Pleural Disease

Case resolved during Motions in Limine: in excess of $170,000 as to all case defendants

1 week, January 2015

Debra Fontana, et al. v. Tosco Corporation; General Electric Co., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer

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

Case resolved during Plaintiffs’ case-in-chief: in excess of $900,000 as to all case defendants

January 2015