O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns, L.L.C., secured a defense verdict on March 8, 2012, in the Circuit Court of McLean County, Illinois. Carolyn Garrelts brought a personal injury action, as a result of plaintiff’s alleged exposure to asbestos-containing products. Mrs. Garrelts alleged that she was exposed to asbestos through her ex-husband’s maintenance work at Kraft Foods in Champaign, Illinois, and as a bystander through her own employment at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. After almost three weeks of trial and ten hours of jury deliberation, the jury returned with a unanimous verdict in favor of our client. O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns is pleased to have represented their client to a successful resolution.
Hardick vs. John Crane Inc. – In a case of first impression, the Virginia Supreme Court agreed with the position OTGB advanced on behalf of one of our clients and limited as a matter of law the damages available in wrongful death mesothelioma cases where the decedent was a seaman assisting in the operation of a vessel. It is now the law of Virginia in a death case tried under maritime law that the only recoverable damages are for pecuniary loss, and no loss of consortium or pain and suffering damages are recoverable.