Cases in 2017
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Cases in 2017

Below are summaries of our trials from 2017. To access more verdicts, choose a different year:


George Lucas v. Triple A Machine Shop, Inc

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Andrew Y.S. Cheng

Trial Type: Personal Injury – Mesothelioma – Negligence

Verdict: $24,260,000.00

According to the Daily Journal, this was the highest non-reversed verdict of any type of case in California in 2017.

Settled as to Other Case Defendants in Excess of: $3,800,000.00

6 Weeks, October-November 2017

Shirley Ashworth, et al. v. Chris & Dick’s, et al.

Jurisdiction: Salt Lake City, Utah

Judge: Randall Skanchy

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

Case settled during Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $840,000

3 Weeks, October-November 2017

Michael Rhodes v. California Drywall Company et al.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: San Francisco County

Judge: Hon. Newton Lam

Trial Type – Asbestosis – Retired Insulator – Negligence of contractors

Case resolved after Motions in Limine at start of jury selection in excess of $400,000.00 as to all case defendants.

Sept 2017

Robert and Bonnie Sprague v. John Crane Inc.

Multnomah County Circuit Court

Judge: Hon. Stephen Bushong

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

Verdict: $5,743,853

3 Weeks, July-August 2017


Press: The Oregonian

Walter & Barbara Hunt v. Sequoia Ventures, et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Chatsworth), California

Judge: Hon. Randy Rhodes

Trial Type: Products Liability-Negligence-Asbestosis

Case Settled during Voir Dire: Excess of $495,000

1 week, July 2017

Dawn Steadman, et al. v. ExxonMobil et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Stanley Mosk), California

Judge: Hon. Maryann Murphy

Trial Type: Negligence-Wrongful Death- Mesothelioma

Case Settled during Voir Dire: Excess of $1,000,000

2 weeks, June 2017

Vivian Reynolds, et al. v. Cooper Industries, et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Stanley Mosk), California

Judge: Hon. Charles Palmer

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

Case Settled after Jury Selection: Excess of $750,000

2 weeks, May 2017

Glenda Young, et. al. v. On Marine Services Company LLC, Foseco, Inc., Owens-Illinois, Inc,. et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Salt Lake City Superior Court, Utah

Judge: Hon. Randall Skanchy

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

Case Resolved Between Motions in Liminee and Jury Selection As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $1,520,000.00

1 Week, April 2017

Larry & Arlinda Watson v. Foster Lumber Yard, Inc., O’Connor Lumber Company, John Crane Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

Solano County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Paul L. Beeman

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

Case Resolved During Jury Selection As to All Case Defendants (except Defendant John Crane Inc. to be adjudicated in upcoming Wrongful Death action) In Excess of $1,250,000.00

1 Week, March 2017

Janet Winter, et. al. v. Westburne Supply, Inc., Pneumo Abex LLC., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Charlene P. Kisselbach

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

Case Resolved During Jury Selection As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $1,000,000.00

1 Week, March 2017

Burt & Cheryl Howard v. Amcord, Inc., Trane U.S. Inc., Carrier Corporation, et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Newton Lam

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $245,000.00

1 Week, February 2017

Douglas Avery v. Certainteed Corporation, Hennessy Industries, Inc., et. al.

Civil Jury Trial

San Francisco County Superior Court

Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer

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

Case Resolved During Motions in Liminee As to All Case Defendants In Excess of $550,000.00

1 Week, January 2017

Richard Hurvitz and Carole Hurvitz v. Certainteed Corporation et al.l.

Civil Jury Trial

Superior Court: Los Angeles County

Judge: Hon. Patrick Madden

Role: 1st Chair

Trial Type: Negligence & Products Liability – 1953 Bestwall Joint Compound – Living Peritoneal Mesothelioma – Career Thoracic/Cardiac Surgeon – Defense medical case: non-asbestos caused well-differentiated papillary mesothelioma/spontaneous non-asbestos caused malignancy.

Verdict: $2,483,518.95

February/April 2017

Donald Silva. v.Gasket Manufacturing Company, et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Long Beach), California

Judge: Hon. Michele Flurer

Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence- Asbestosis

Case Settled after Opening Statements: Excess of $100,000

2 weeks, February 2017

Billie Hobbs, et al. v. Parsons Infrastructure & Technology Group, et al.

Superior Court: Los Angeles (Van Nuys), California

Judge: Hon. James Kaddo

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

Case Settled after Motions in limine: Excess of $325,000

1 week, January 2017