Cases In 2018
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Cases in 2018

Below are summaries of our trials from 2018.

Esther Shiffer v. Wismer & Becker Contracting Engineers, Flowserve US Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally-Taylor
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Jury Selection in Excess of: $6,000,000.00
1 week, December 2018

Jennifer Gamba v. Associated Insulation, Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally-Taylor
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $5,000,000.00
1 week, December 2018

Jane Doe v. Red Feather Construction, Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally-Taylor
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: Confidential Settlement Amount
1 week, December 2018

Edmond Newman & Shirley Newman v. Valley Pipe & Supply Company, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court for the County of Alameda
Judge: Hon ia Kolakowski
Trial Type: Metastatic Colon Cancer to Lung – Lobectomy – Retired Career Welder/Plumber – Loss of Consortium
Case resolved after jury selection prior to opening statements in excess of $2,000,000.00 as to all case defendants
Nov/Dec – 2018

Matt Marion v. IMO Industries, Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Lynn O’Mally-Taylor
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Lung Cancer – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $900,000.00
1 week, November 2018

William Davis v. Johns-Manville Manufacturing, Slakey Brothers, Inc., T.W. Smith Company, et al.
Alameda County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Winifred Smith
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Lung Cancer – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $1,200,000.00
1 week, November 2018

Robert & Jean Ross v. Associated Insulation of California, et al.
Superior Court: San Francisco, California
Judge: Angela Bradstreet
Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence – Colon Cancer
Case settled during motions in limine: Excess of $1,500,000
1 week, October 2018

Bruce Kinman v. Pneumo Abex LLX, Cummins Inc., Mack Trucks, Inc., Navistar, Inc., et al.
Alameda County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman
Trial Type: Personal Injury- Lung Cancer – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $1,000,000.00
1 week, October 2018

Florence Viveros, and Elizabeth Dennison v. Centerpoint Services Inc.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa
Judge Judith S. Craddick
Trial Type – CONTRACTS : Breach of Contract – Emotional Distress – Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Crematory: Lungs/Mesothelioma Nodules Destroyed By Partial Cremation – Body Descrecation
Defense Verdict after 18 day trial
September/October 2018.

Stanley Boren and Christie Noble v. Underground Construction Co., Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco
Judge: Hon. Charlene P. Kiesselbach
Trial Type: Retired Millwright/Pipefitter/Piledriver – Contractor Negligence – Epithelial Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma – Asbestos Cement Pipe cutting – BART Civic Center and Montgomery Street stations original construction 1969-71; Loss of Consortium
Case resolved during plaintiffs’ case-in-chief in excess of $3,500,000.00 as to all case defendants
Sept/Oct 2018

Barbara Puchosic, et. al. v. Acco Engineered Systems, Inc., Cleaver-Brooks, Inc., Fischbach and Moore, Inc., Parsons Government Services, et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Colon Cancer – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $750,000.00
1 week, September 2018

Philip McDown, et. al. v. J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., Lamons Gasket Company, et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Kathleen A. Kelly
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Asbestosis- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $375,000.00
1 week, August 2018

Laurie Harry, et. al. v. Marcal Associates, Ltd., Scott Co. of CA, Underground Construction Co., Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Kathleen A. Kelly
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Asbestosis- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $415,000.00
1 week, August 2018

Nina Aughinbaugh, et. al. v. Crane Co., DuroDyne Corp, Familian Corp,, FDCC CA, Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Kathleen A. Kelly
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Asbestosis- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $500,000.00
1 week, August 2018

Ronald Kirchner v. Crane Co., Dillingham Construction, Inc, Fluor Corp, et al.
Solano County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. D. Scott Daniels
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Colon Cancer – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants After Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $350,000.00
1 week, August 2018

Sondra Leeper v. Ric-Wil, Incorporated, GCO, Inc., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of State of California – Alameda County
Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman
Trial Type – Wrongful Death Mesothelioma – San Francisco Bay Area career Pipefitter/Welder
Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $7,250,000.00 as to all case defendants
2 weeks, August 2018

Emma Ward, et. al. v. Republic Supply Company, Temporary Plant Cleaners, Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Newton J. Lam
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Lung Cancer- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $550,000.00
1 week, August 2018

William Parker v. Douglas Insulation Company, Inc., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Newton J. Lam
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Lung Cancer- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $400,000.00
1 week, August 2018

Sondra Leeper, et ux v. Ric-Wil, Incorporated, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of State of California – Alameda County
Judge: Hon. Brad Seligman
Trial Type – Wrongful Death Mesothelioma – San Francisco Bay Area career Pipefitter/Welder
Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $7,250,000.00 as to all case defendants
Aug – 2018

Michael & Debbie Vandevoir v. Bendix Corp.(Honeywell International, Inc.) et al
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Newton Lam
Trial Type – Career Mechanic/Electrician – Colon Cancer/Asbestosis/Loss of Consortium
Case resolved during motions in limine in excess of $750,000.00 as to all case defendants
July/Aug 2018

Robert Spiers et al v. CSK Auto Parts, Inc. et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court, County of Alameda, California
Judge: Hon. Michael M. Markman
Trial Type: Wrongful Death Mesothelioma, Career Machinist, Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved in excess of $1,250,000.00 as to all case defendants at start of jury selection.
July-Aug 2018

Donald and Vivian Granada v. Navistar, Inc., et al.
Superior Court: Alameda, California
Judge: Michael Markman
Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence – Lung Cancer
Case settled during jury selection: Excess of $740,000
1 week, July 2018

Oscar Johanson, et al. v. Channel Lumber Co., et al.
Superior Court: Shasta, California
Judge: Tamara Wood
Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence – Lung Cancer
Case settled after voir dire: Excess of $780,000
1 week, July 2018

Gary & Linda Smith v. Caterpillar Inc., Gardner Denver, Inc., Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Markey Machinery, Rexnord Industries, et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Newton J. Lam
Trial Type: Personal Injury -Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief in Excess of: $2,000,000.00
3 weeks, June – July 2018

San Juana Turner, et al. v. Channel Lumber Co., et al.
Superior Court: Alameda, California
Judge: Stephen Kaus
Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence- Smoking – Lung Cancer
Case settled during jury selection: Excess of $480,000
1 week, June 2018

Evelyn Owen v. Cooper Brothers, Inc., FDCC California Inc., Marconi Plastering Company, Inc., Rudolph & Sletten, Inc., et al.
San Francisco County Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Kathleen A. Kelly
Trial Type: Wrongful Death -Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants After Opening Statements in Excess of: $4,300,000.00
2 weeks, June 2018

Sharon Stocker v. PACCAR, Inc., et al.
Jurisdiction: Portland, Oregon
Judge: Leslie Roberts
Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence-Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma
Case settled during plaintiff’s case in chief: Excess of $1,000,000
2 weeks, May 2018

Judy Crim v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, et al.
Superior Court: San Francisco, California
Judge: James Robertson
Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence- Smoking – Lung Cancer
Case settled during plaintiff’s case in chief: Excess of $100,000
2 weeks, April 2018

Richard & Made Berg v. Alta Building Materials Company et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of the State of California – County of Alameda
Judge: Hon Evelio Grillo
Trial Type – Retired Law School Professor – Product Liability/Negligence – Epithelial Mesothelioma
Case resolved after Plaintiffs’ Opening Statement in excess of $4,000,000.00 plus assignment of equitable indemnity rights to Mr Berg as to all case defendants
Mar/April 2018

Diana Jeffrey v. Borgwarner, et al.
Superior Court: Los Angeles, California
Judge: Bobbi Tilmon
Trial Type: Products Liability- Negligence- Wrongful Death- Mesothelioma
Case settled during jury selection: Excess of $1,230,000
1 week, March 2018

Kenneth Johnson v. Dixieline Lumber Company et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court – San Diego County
Judge: Hon. Kenneth J. Medel
Trial Type – disputed asbestosis – 76 year old retired Plumber – Negligence – Product Liability
Case resolved in excess of $400,000.00 as to all case defendants during pre-trial motions.
Mar 2018

John Hernandez; Virginia Hernandez v. Calaveras Asbestos Ltd., et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: County of Solano
Judge: Hon. D. Scott Daniels
Trial Type: Retired career Pipefitter – Colon Cancer – Negligence and Products Liability – Loss of Consortium
Case resolved as to all case defendants in excess of $750,000.00 during jury selection
Feb/Mar 2018
Ernestine Brown et ux. v. Albay Construction Company et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court: San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Angela Bradstreet
Trial Type: 90-year-old Career Bay-Area Refinery Insulator – Asbestosis Wrongful Death – Negligence – Products Liability.
Case resolved after Motions In Limine at start of Jury Selection in excess of $700,000.00 as to all case defendants.
Jan/Feb 2018