Cases In 2016
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Cases in 2016

Below are summaries of our trials from 2016. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:

Yvonne Olsen et. al. v. General Electric Company, Owens-Illinois, Inc.., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Andrew Y.S. Cheng

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $700,000.00

1 Week, December 2016

Trenda Gilmore v. General Electric Company, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Andrew Y.S. Cheng

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $800,000.00

1 Week, December 2016

Kathy Butcher, et al. v. Amcord, Inc., et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Stanley Mosk), California

Judge: Hon. Charles Palmer

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

Case Settled after Motions in limine: Excess of $175,000

2 weeks, November-December 2016

Jackie & Sara Hawks v. Amcord, Inc., Honeywell International Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $300,000.00

1 Week, November 2016

Emily Chow, et. al. v. Certainteed Corporation, Thomas Dee Engineering Company, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally-Taylor

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $1,300,000.00

1 Week, November 2016

Elisabeth Smith, et. al. v. Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc., Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Bernardino County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Craig G. Riemer

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $735,000.00

1 Week, November 2016

Lester & Annie Robbins v. Howard Supply Company, et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Long Beach), California

Judge: Hon. Michele Flurer

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence- Asbestosis

Case Settled at the close of Plaintiffs’ Case-In-Chief: Excess of $250,000

2 weeks, October 2016

Dale Chastain, et. al. v. Albay Construction Company, Crane Co., Sequoia Ventures Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Alameda County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman

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

Case Resolved During Jury Selection As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $220,000.00

1 Week, October 2016

Christine Clough, et. al. v. Duro Dyne Corporation, Certainteed Corporation, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Alameda County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman

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

Case Resolved After Opening Statements As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $250,000.00

1 Week, October 2016

Vora Doss, et al.v.Napa Builders Supply, et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Van Nuys), California

Judge: Hon. James Kaddo

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Smoking Lung Cancer

Case Settled following Mistrial for Juror Misconduct: Excess of $525,000

2 weeks, September 2016

Pedro Rodriguez v. Flowserve US Inc., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Leslie Nichols

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $1,825,000.00

1 Week, September 2016

Charles Galvan v. CalPortland Company, et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Chatsworth), California

Judge: Hon. Randy Rhodes

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Asbestosis Case Settled during plaintiff’s case in chief: Excess of $275,000

2 weeks, August 2016

Lloyd & Judith Cerasaro v.Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company,. et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Central Civil West), California

Judge: Hon David S. Cunningham

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

Case Settled during Motions in Limine: Excess of $250,000

1 week, July 2016

Joseph & Kristi Turi v. Wright Schuchart & Harbor, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Clark County Superior Court, Washington

Judge: Hon. Scott A. Collier

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

Case Resolved After Jury Selection As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $1,130,000.00

1 Week, June 2016

James Sloan v. Cal-Steam, Inc., J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc., Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally-Taylor

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

Case Resolved After Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $800,000.00

1 Week, May 2016

Dorthy Townsend, et al. v. Brown Sheet Metal & Mechanical, Inc., D. Cummins Corporation., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Resolved After Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $2,000,000.00 2 Weeks, May 2016

Lois Schwerdt, et al. v. Dana Companies, LLC, General Electric Company, Honeywell Controls, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Resolved After Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $1,200,000.00 2 Weeks, May 2016

Mark Mulliner, et al. v. Crane Co., Flowserve US Inc., Timec Company, Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Resolved After Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $750,000.00 2 Weeks, May 2016

James Floyd, et al. v. General Electric Company, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Resolved After Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $900,000.00 2 Weeks, May 2016

Arthur & Cardelia Pope v. Rich-Tex, Inc., Georgia-Pacific LLC, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Hon. Richard Ulmer

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $500,000.00

1 Week, April 2016

William Thomas, et al. v. Lamons Gasket Company, General Electric Company, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Resolved After Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $600,000.00 1 Week, April 2016

John Pelleritti v. Dinwiddie Construction Co., Golden Gate Drywall Co., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer

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

Case resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants in Excess of $550,000.

2 Weeks, March – April 2016

Marilyn Harnden (W/D of Van Harnden) v. Deans Materials Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Shasta County

Judge: Hon. Stephen Baker

Role: 1st Chair

Trial Type: Personal Injury/Wrongful Death for Asbestosis, Pleural Disease – Career Ceiling Installer/Drywaller – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $368,000 as to all defendants

November/December 2016

Frank Digrande v. Asbestos Corporation Limited, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Alameda County

Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman

Role: 1st Chair

Trial Type: Personal Injury for Asbestosis, Pleural Disease – Career Carpenter/Pipefitter – Negligence and Products Liability

Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $68,000 as to all defendants

October 2016

Abraham and Lisa Castillo v. Triple A Machine Shop, Inc.; John Crane Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos

Trial Type: Former Navy Machinist Mate – Private Industry Refrigeration Tech – Mesothelioma – Negligence and Product Liability

Case resolved as to all case defendants (except Defendant John Crane Inc. to be adjudicated in upcoming Wrongful Death action) in excess of $1,500,000

Sept 2016

Robert Turner et ux. v. American Optical Company et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Solano County

Judge: Hon. Paul L. Beeman

Trial Type: 80 year old retired Mare Island Naval Shipyard Welder specializing in Nuclear Submarines – Lung Cancer – Product Liability – Negligence

Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $500,000 as to all case defendants.

Aug 2016

Donald Hicks v. Alderholt Specialty Company, Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: County of Alameda

Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman

Trial Type: 78 year old career Sheet Metal Mechanic – Negligence/Product Liability – Asbestosis and Pleural Disease

Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $150,000 as to all case defendants.

Aug 2016

Martin Granados et ux. v. Allied Fire Protection, Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

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

Trial Type: 84 year old career Fire Door Installer – Product Liability / Negligence – Personal Injury – Mesothelioma

Case resolved at jury selection in excess of $18,000,000 as to all case defendants

July-Aug 2016

Earlean Harris et ux. v. Pacific Bell Telephone Company et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Solano County

Judge: Hon. Paul Beeman

Trial Type: Career Pipefitter Wrongful Death – Lung Cancer/Asbestosis – Asbestos Cement Pipe/Telephone Conduit

Case resolved during plaintiff’s case in chief in excess of $700,000 as to all case defendants.

May-June 2016

Wayne & Agnes Van Wyck v. Fraser Boiler Services, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles, California

Judge: Hon. Stephen Moloney

Trial Type: Negligence-Contractor-Mesothelioma

Case Settled after Opening Statements: Excess of $2,300,000

May-June 2016

Leslie Burdette v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Long Beach), California

Judge: Hon. Michele Flurer

Trial Type: Products Liability–Negligence–Smoking Lung Cancer

Case Settled during Plaintiff’s case-in-chief: Excess of $330,000

April-May 2016

Larry Verworn et ux v. Amcord, Inc.; Frederick Meiswinkle, Inc., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Angela Bradstreet

Trial Type: Product Liability/Negligence for Lung Cancer, Asbestosis, Pleural Disease – Career Drywall Carpenter

Case resolved after hearings on motions in limine prior to jury selection in excess of $650,000 as to all case defendants.

April 2016

Bonnie Mihovilovich et al. v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Chatsworth), California

Judge: Hon. Randy Rhodes

Trial Type: Products Liability–Wrongful Death– Asbestosis

Case Settled after Plaintiffs’ Opening Statement: Excess of $135,000

March 2016

Jessica Riley, et al. v. Fluor Corporation, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco, California

Judge: Hon. Charles Palmer

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

Case Settled after Jury Selection: Excess of $140,000

March 2016

Kenton Shaiffer, et. al. v. Crane Co., Cleaver Brooks, Inc., SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos

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

Case Resolved Between Jury Selection and Opening Statements In Excess of $500,000

March 2016

Otto Wulff v.Water Applications Distribution Group, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Central Civil West), California

Judge: Hon. Lia Martin

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Asbestosis

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

February-March 2016

John Pelleritti v. Dinwiddie Construction Co., Golden Gate Drywall Co., et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer

Trial Type: Colon Cancer – Retired Boiler Tender – Government Shipyards/Hunters Point Naval Shipyard/Construction

Case resolved at trial after Evidence Code Section 402 hearings on Colon Cancer causation by asbestos in excess of $500,000 as to all case defendants.

February-March 2016

Leo Romero v. CalPortland Company, et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Van Nuys), California

Judge: Hon. Paul Bacigalupo

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Asbestosis

Case Settled during plaintiff’s case in chief: Excess of $100,000

February 2016

Jay Fair v. Dap, Inc. et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Santa Monica), California

Judge: Hon. Lawrence Cho

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

Case Settled during Motions in Limine: Excess of $265,000

January-February 2016

Richard Hahn, et. al. v. General Electric Company, Certainteed Corporation, University Mechanical, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, 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 Closing Arguments In Excess of $2,500,000

January 2016

Linda Nielson et al. v. J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco

Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Malley Taylor

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

Case Settled after Plaintiffs’ Opening Statement: Excess of $300,000

January 2016

Marie Bidinost, et al. v. Goodman Lumber Company, 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 prior to Plaintiffs’ Opening Statement: Excess of $600,000

January 2016