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.

Summary Judgment Granted Against Wylder Law Firm in McLean County, Illinois

OTGB won summary judgment for our client in the Estate of Clarence Hardy matter filed in McLean County, Illinois. Plaintiff alleged his mesothelioma was caused by exposure to our client’s products while employed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.  Plaintiff elicited testimony from a co-worker that identified our client on board several ships that were allegedly in the shipyard.  OTGB presented evidence that the co-worker was factually incorrect. The evidence included that the co-worker was in fact not at the shipyard at the same time as Plaintiff and that the ships identified were not at the shipyard during the time frame the co-worker testified to being there.

Plaintiff argued it was a question of fact for the jury to decide.  Judge Rebecca Foley disagreed and ruled with OTGB’s position that there was  lack of product identification and granted summary judgment.

Plaintiff was represented by the Wylder, Corwin, Kelly LLP law firm.