Defense Verdict for OTGB in Washington

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, March 15, 2018 – O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns LLC, a national litigation firm, secured a defense verdict in Seattle, Washington on behalf of their client. The trial team was led by Daniel Griffin of OTGB’s Milwaukee office and received vital contributions from Daniel Pammer of OTGB’s Chicago office and Claire Weglarz of Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young in Los Angeles. Trial paralegal, Susan Brooks, out of OTGB’s Milwaukee office, assisted the team throughout all aspects of the trial.

Plaintiff claimed James Clevenger’s mesothelioma was caused by his use of asbestos-containing products during his service as a boiler operator, technician, and machinist in the U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1978. Plaintiff alleged further exposure to asbestos-containing products used during his career as a pipefitter and maintenance worker in various sites throughout the northwest United States.

The Superior Court of Washington (King County) jury of twelve reached a verdict in favor of OTGB’s client – the lone remaining defendant – rejecting allegations of products liability, particularly on the issue of causation. The verdict is another in a long line of victories for OTGB as one of the nation’s leading litigation defense firms.

Plaintiff was represented by Jennifer Alesio and Meredith Good in association with the Brayton Purcell law firm. Testifying on behalf of the plaintiff was Arnold Brody, Ph.D., Richard Cohen, M.D., Steven Compton, Ph.D., Christopher Depasquale, CIH, Richard Sobonya, Allan Smith, M.D., Ph.D., James Mills (economist), and Joseph Ye, M.D. OTGB’s client called James Crapo, M.D., John Henshaw, CIH, Captain Margaret McCloskey (Navy librarian), David Godwin, M.D., and Alberto Marchevsky, M.D.

Judge Susan R. Parisien presided over the trial.

Defense Verdict for OTGB in Wisconsin

MADISON, WISCONSIN, July 21, 2017 – O’Connell, Tivin, Griffin & Burns LLC, a national litigation firm, secured a defense verdict in Wisconsin for a sealing product manufacturer, which was the only remaining defendant at trial.

 

Our client was represented by Daniel Griffin and Megan McCormick from OTGB’s Milwaukee office.  Plaintiffs claimed Ronald Carroll’s mesothelioma was caused by his work with asbestos-containing products during his service in the U.S. Navy as a boiler tender and during his work as a plant helper, auxiliary operator and boiler operator for Wisconsin Power and Light. 

 

The United States District Court – Western Division of Wisconsin jury reached a unanimous verdict in favor of our client in a matter of hours, rejecting allegations of negligence and strict liability. The Honorable William Conley presided over the trial.

 

Plaintiffs were represented by Sam Iola and Steve Schulte in association with the Simon Greenstone Panitier Bartlett law firm.  Testifying on behalf of the plaintiffs was Dr. Edwin Holstein.  Plaintiffs also called our client’s corporate representative to testify in their case-in-chief.  Trial paralegal, Susan Brooks, assisted the team throughout all aspects of the trial.

 

Despite sitting through almost three weeks of trial, the jury only needed twenty minutes to return TWO DEFENSE VERDICTS in a consolidated trial for OTGB’s client in Baltimore, Maryland.  Baltimore, Maryland is notorious for being Plaintiff friendly and this is only the third asbestos defense verdict over the past few years.

The Estates of Waldon Edwards and Walter Koepper, both diagnosed with mesothelioma, consolidated their cases and were tried in front of Honorable Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill.

The Estate of Waldon Edwards alleged that his  death was caused by exposure to our client’s gaskets, packing and rope from his work as a mechanical helper at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Estate of Walter Koepper alleged that his death was caused by exposure to gaskets, packing and rope from his work as a machinist at the Lever Brothers Plant in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960s through the 1980s.

Plaintiffs called as expert witnesses Dr. Arthur Frank, Dr. Arnold Brody, Dr. Jerrold Abraham, Dr. John Maddox, William Longo, Dr. Jerry Lauderdale, David Rosner, Dr. James Millette and Dr. Christine Oliver.  Our client called as its witnesses Dr. Amy Madl, Dr. James Crapo and Dr. Fred Toca.

The attorneys for the plaintiffs were from the Peter Angelos Firm. Trial attorneys from OTGB were Dan Griffin, Tom Burns and Alex Hryhorczuk along with local counsel from Miles & Stockbridge including Michael Brown and Deborah St. Lawrence-Thompson.

Congratulations to all. Another great win for the defense.

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