Cases In 2019
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Cases in 2019

Below are summaries of our trials from 2019.

Personal Representative of Decedent Larry Tanks, Sr. v. Union Pacific Railroad Company et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Hon. Angela Bradstreet
Trial Type – Federal Employer Liability Act (FELA) Wrongful Death – 81-year old Southern Pacific/Union Pacific Brakeman 1964-1990 – Asbestosis
Case settled after Plaintiff’s 1st Witness in Case in Chief – Settlement amount undisclosed at request of defendants.
Oct/Nov 2019

William Cole et al v. TIMEC Corporation et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of the State of California – Alameda County
Judge: Hon. Michael M. Markman
Trial Type: 80-year old retired career SF Bay Area Millwright – Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma – Negligence and Product Liability; Loss of Consortium.
Case settled at opening statements in excess of $3,250,000.00 as to all case defendants.
Sept-Oct 2019

Mary Martinez, et. al. v. A.H. Voss Company, Amcord, Inc., Apache Underground, Familian Corporation, Groeniger & Company, J-M Manufacturing Company, Inc., Underground Construction Co., Inc., Westburne Supply, Inc.,et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Jeffrey Ross
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief in Excess of: $4,500,000.00
3 weeks, August-September 2019

Harold & Janet Montano v. Control Co., Dap Inc., Rudolph & Sletten, Inc., Red-White Valve Corp.,et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Kathleen Kelly
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Colon Cancer – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $700,000.00
1 week, August 2019

Jony Wood, et al. & Diana McDonald, et al. v. Sun Ship, LLC, Westburne Supply, Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Kathleen Kelly
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Asbestosis- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $200,000.00
1 week, July 2019

Kelly Burke-Puertas, et al. & Julie Craycroft, et al. v. Moore Borther, O’Reilly Auto Enterprises, LLC, ZF Sachs Automotive of America, Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Harold Kahn
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $2,800,000.00
1 week, July 2019

Barbara Schaffer et al. v. Consolidated Insulation, Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Harold Kahn
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Asbestosis- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $400,000.00
1 week, July 2019

John Woods & Mark Umphress v. Douglass Insulation Co., Inc., Foster Wheller LLC, IMO Inudstries, Sun Ship, LLC, Velan Valve Corp, et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Harold Kahn
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Asbestosis- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $450,000.00
1 week, July 2019

James Peterson v. Westside Building Material Corp., Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., Thompson Building Materials, et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Kathleen A. Kelly
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Asbestosis- Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $630,000.00
1 week, June 2019

David Ellis v. Temporary Plant Cleaners, Inc. et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Angela Bradstreet
Trial Type – Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma diagnosed 2002 – Left Kidney resection upon recurrence 2005 – Retired 76-year old Career San Francisco Bay Area Refinery/Industrial Mechanic/Tradesman – Lake Tahoe; Negligence and Products Liability
Case resolved during jury selection in excess of $1,000,000.00 as to all case defendants
May/June 2019

Mary Ann Trujillo et al. v. Cal-Steam Company, Inc., Frederick Meiswinkle, Inc., Monterey Mechanical Company, et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court -State of California for San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Angela M. Bradstreet
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Career Sheetmetal Construction Worker throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including at Stanford University
Case resolved after hearings on all Motions In Liminee prior to Jury Selection in excess of $2,500,000.00 as to all case defendants
May – 2019

Marjorie Collins, et al. v. Parsons Government Services Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos
Trial Type: Wrongful Death-Stomach/Gastric Cancer – Negligence
Defense Verdict Regarding Identification Only
Settled as to All Other Defendants in Excess of: $1,100,000.00
3 weeks, April – May 2019

Susan Kimberling et al. vs. Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc. et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of the State of California – Los Angeles County – Burbank Division
Judge: Hon John J. Kralik
Trial Type – Widow and Daughters case for Wrongful Death – 74 year old career Drywaller/Contractor – Cardio-Pulmonary Failure – post 2005 Coronary Arterial Bypass Surgery/Congestive Heart Failure – No clinical diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension/cor pulmonale – Restrictive Pulmonary Fibrosis (Asbestosis) mis-referenced as COPD on Death Certificate
Verdict – $904,229.00 with findings for Plaintiffs on all 3 Causes of Action: Products Liability – Consumer Expectation, Products Liability – Failure to Warn, Negligence.
March-April 2019

Thomas and Mary Sylvester v. Goodman Lumbar Company et al.
Civil Jury Trial
Superior Court of State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer
Trial Type: Retired 86-year old Stationary Engineer – Products Liability/Negligence – Disputed Asbestosis v Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis – Loss of Consortium
Case resolved after Motions In Liminee at commencement of jury selection in excess of $500,000.00 as to all case defendants.
Feb-Mar 2019

Leslie Hill, et. al. v. Hennessey Industries, LLC, et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Asbestosis – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $450,000.00
1 weeks, March 2019

Mary Beth Perniz, et. al. v. Associated Insulation of California, James A. Nelson Co., Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Teri L. Jackson
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants After Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $13,700,000.00
2 weeks, February – March 2019

Thomas Sylvester, et. al. v. Goodman Lumber Co., W.W. Grainger, Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Richard Ulmer
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Asbestosis – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Motions in Liminee in Excess of: $525,000.00
1 week, February 2019

Juanita Slaughterback, et. al. v. J.T. Thorpe & Son, Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Suzanne Bolanos
Trial Type: Personal Injury – Lung Cancer – Para-Occupational Take Home – Negligence & Products Liability
Reverse Bifurcated Trial on Affirmative Defense of Workers Compensation Bar
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Witness Testimony in Excess of: $750,000.00
3 weeks, January – February 2019

Sharon Jennings, et. al. v. Federal-Mogul, Quinn Co., Davis Auto Parts, BorgWarner Morse TEC LLC, et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Hon. Jeffrey S. Ross
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Negligence & Products Liability
Settled as to All Case Defendants Before Opening Statement in Excess of: $800,000.00
2 weeks, January 2019

Joan Mclain et al v. Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, Asco Valve, Inc., California Drywall Co., Cleaver-Brooks, Inc, Cleveland Wrecking Company, Cooper Brothers, Inc, DeZurik, Inc, FDCC California, Inc., et al.
Superior Court of the State of California – San Francisco County
Judge: Angela Bradstreet
Trial Type: Wrongful Death – Mesothelioma – Products Liability & Negligence
Settled as to All Case Defendants During Plaintiffs’ Case in Chief: Excess of $4,600,000.00
3 Weeks, January 2019