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Some previous Asbestos related Mesothelioma cases have settled for:

  • $250 Million in Settlements for 70-Year Old retired U.S. Steel worker, Gary, IN (3/2003)
  • $55 Million in Settlements for 47-Year Old Construction Worker.
  • $18 Million in Settlements for Copper Smelter Worker.
  • $10.1 Million in Settlements for 66 year old foundry worker Tyler, Texas.
  • $9.178 Million in Settlements for Aircraft Mechanic, Texas.
  • $8 Million in Settlements for 56 year old Aluminum Pot Room worker.
  • $5.70 Million in Settlements for 62 year old construction worker.
  • $19.3 Million in Settlements for 66 year old chemical plant operator
  • $8,000,000 for 63 year old Coast Guard - Bystander - IL
  • $6,800,000 for 44 year old Navy Custodian - CA
  • $4,600,000 for 50 year old Navy Mechanic - IL
  • $4,200,000 for 41 year old construction worker and laborer - TX
  • $3,000,000 for 42 year old Exposed in the navy and working in power plants -NY
  • $2,700,000 for 45 year old Bystander Exposure - Home renovation and machine and toolmaker exposures - GA
  • $2,700,000 for 67 year old Worked as a laborer around blast furnaces in a steel mill - KY
  • $2,400,000 for 78 year old Exposed inspecting construction work on Naval destroyers and at Johns Manville plant -FL
  • $2,400,000 for 50 year old Drywall Sprayer and Taper - ID
  • $2,300,000 for 74 year old plant worker - CT
  • $2,500,000 for 74 year old bystander exposure to plumber - CA
  • $2,000,000 for 50 year old Shipyard worker - RI
  • $2,100,000 for 52 year old worked as electrician - MS
  • $1,850,000 for 79 year old Exposure in the navy and in civilian shipyard - HI
  • $1,600,000 for 51 year old secondary exposure - LA
  • $900,000 for 82 year old Navy/Shipyard Worker - VT
  • $850,000 69 year old home renovator - AZ

We are proud of these recent signficant mesothelioma verdicts of our lawyers we are working with :

Yancy and Mudgett vs. Plant Insulation Co.
Hearn, Harris, Wetch vs. Plant Insulation Co.
Dwight Odle vs. Gasket Holdings, Inc.
George Smith vs. AP Green Industries
Christine and Charles Perez vs. AP Green Industries Inc. et al
Brayton Plaintiffs vs. Metropolitan Life
Brayton Asbestos Plaintiffs vs. Owens-Corning
Hamilton vs. Asbestos Corporation Ltd.
John Berning vs. AP Green Industries
Donald Rose vs. Owens-Corning
Newman vs. Lorillard, Hollingsworth & Vose
Charles Pallmore vs. Aerojet and Pittsburgh-Corning
Chandler, Vinum, Paul and Smith vs. Exxon
Polensky vs. Kyocera International, Inc.
McGinnis vs. Baxter Healthcare
Henderson vs. Eternit Inc.


Janice Yancey and Jolene Mudgett vs. Plant Insulation Company

You can't request more than 20 challenges without solving them. Your previous challenges were flushed.

San Francisco Jury Awards $9,057,775 for Wrongful Death

On November 19, 2008, a San Francisco jury awarded a total of $9,057,775 to the widow, sons and daughter of two pipefitters who died of an asbestos cancer. The jury rendered their verdict against Plant Insulation Company, formerly known as Plant Asbestos Company.

Jolene Mudgett, the daughter of Joseph Sandra, was awarded $1,250,000 for the death of her father, who succumbed to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs whose only established caused is that of inhaled exposure to asbestos fibers. Mr. Sandra was 87 years old at the time of his death. Mr. Sandra is survived by his daughter, Jolene Mudgett, his son, John Sandra, and his wife, Molly Sandra.

Plant Insulation Company was the Northern California exclusive supplier of asbestos-containing pipecover, block and asbestos cement products, made by Fiberboard Corporation, known as “Pabco.” Plant Insulation Company was a major industrial insulating contractor that exposed Mr. Sandra at a number of bay area oil refineries from 1955 to 1975. The jury found that Plant Insulation company was found liable for failing to warn Mr. Sandra about the unsafe insulation products he was exposed to. Plant Insulation company was found to be 18% at fault, with other manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of asbestos products, who were not present at the trial, found to be 82% at fault in causing Mr. Sandra’s mesothelioma. Co-worker and eye-witness James Szuch testified for the Plaintiffs.

Franklin Yancey died of mesothelioma at the age of 68 at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas. He was survived by his wife of 25 years, Janice Yancey, and two adult sons, Jeff Yancey and Monte Yancey. The jury awarded $7,807,775 in damages. Mr. Yancey worked at San Francisco oil refineries in the bay area in the 1960s, and his two adult sons followed in the footsteps of their father. Mr. Yancey’s co-worker and eye-witness, Vern Gosney, testified for the Yancey family. Plant Insulation company was found to be 10% at fault, with other manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of asbestos products, who were not present at the trial, found to be 90% at fault in causing Mr. Sandra’s mesothelioma.

Plaintiff’s expert witnesses included Charles Ay, a career insulator and pipefitter, Dr. Barry Horn, a pulmonologist from Berkeley, California; Dr. Richard Cohen, a physician who testified regarding the state-of-the-art, from Saratoga, California; Dr. Brian Dolan, a Southern California internist; John Templin, an industrial hygienist and materials analyst from Long Beach, California; Dr. Allan Smith, an epidemiologist from Berkeley, California, and Dr. Barry Ben-Zion, an economist from Santa Rosa, California.


Hearn, Harris, Wetch Verdict vs. Plant Insulation Company

San Francisco Jury Awards $4.3M to Families of Three Bay Area Pipefitters for Asbestos-Related Cancer Deaths

January 5, 2009

Following a month-long trial, a San Francisco jury awarded a total of $4,327,598.75 to the surviving widows and children of three industrial plumbers who died of asbestos-caused lung cancer. The jury also included an award for punitive damages in their verdict against defendant Plant Insulation Company, formerly a major Northern California industrial insulation contractor.

The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for two days before announcing their verdict. They awarded $2,122,860.69 for the death of James M. Harris, who succumbed to lung cancer caused by his exposure to asbestos during his career as a pipefitter working in San Francisco Bay Area oil refineries. Mr. Harris was 81 years old at the time of his death, and was survived by his widow, Grace L. Harris, of Elverta, California, and their children Rodger A. Harris, Susan B. Smith, James R. Harris and Guy O. Harris.

Plant Insulation Company was the exclusive Northern California supplier of asbestos-containing pipe insulation products known as “Pabco” and provided insulation contractor services at a wide variety of industrial sites. The jury found that Plant Insulation Company was liable for exposing Mr. Harris to asbestos dust which caused him to develop lung cancer. Plant Insulation Company was found to be 79% at fault, while other manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of asbestos products, who were not present at the trial, were found to be 21% at fault.

The same jury awarded $1,277,000.00 in damages to the family of William C. Hearn of Concord, California. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Anna May Hearn, and his son, Gilbert Hearn, of Antioch, California. Like Mr. Harris, Hearn died of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos at a variety of Bay Area industrial sites. He was 72 at the time of his death. The jury allocated 59% of the fault for Mr. Hearn’s illness and death to defendant Plant Insulation Company.

The jury awarded $858,738.06 in damages to the family of George P. Wetch of Sebastopol, California. He died at age 84, of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Mr. Wetch worked as a pipefitter at chemical plants and oil refineries in Contra Costa County for thirty years beginning in the late 1950s. Plant Insulation Company was found to be 69% at fault in causing the lung cancer that took Mr. Wetch’s life. Mr. Wetch was survived by his wife Frances Wetch and his son Mark Wetch of Santa Rosa, California.

The plaintiffs were represented by Wes Wagnon and Selby Lighthill, of the law firm of Paul & Hanley LLP, located in Berkeley, California.


DWIGHT ODLE vs. GASKET HOLDINGS, INC.

July 17 2001, San Francisco Superior Court, Case number: 317966

Description of Case: Flexitallic Gaskets are 50-90% asbestos, but there is still debate over how much of the asbestos is released in normal use.

Resolution: Over $1 million verdict against Flexitallic Gaskets.

Economic damages: $224,645 for Mr. Dwight Odle

Non-economic: $250,000 for Mr. Dwight Odle, $350,000 for Mrs. Pearl Odle. Gasket Holdings was found to be 1.75% responsible for the damages to Dwight and Pearl Odle.


GEORGE SMITH vs. AP GREEN INDUSTRIES INC. ET AL

May 23, 2001, San Francisco Superior Court, Case number: 315105

Description of Case: George Smith worked as a pipefitter at the Mobil Oil refinery in Torrance, California in 1966. He was exposed to asbestos on the job and later developed lung cancer. The asbestos exposure came from the insulation products he used, and from asbestos dust raised by other employees, of which he had no warning.

Resolution: $4.3 million verdict against Mobil Oil Corporation

Economic damages: $2.5 million

Non-economic damages: $319,000

Non-economic damages: to his wife, Hanna, $1.5 million for loss of consortium Mobil Oil was held to be 12.5% responsible for George’s illness, for "failure to use reasonable care."


CHRISTINE AND CHARLES PEREZ vs. AP GREEN INDUSTRIES INC. ET AL

Aug. 23, 2000, San Francisco Superior Court, Case number: 301375

Description of Case: Christine Perez was exposed to asbestos through her work as a pipe hanger and also as a homemaker. She worked at Moore Dry Dock in Oakland, California, during the war effort as a pipe hanger on ships, using Kaylo asbestos containing insulation products. Her husband, Charles, was a commercial plumber who came home from work each day with asbestos fibers clinging to his clothing, which Christine came into contact with while doing the family laundry. At the time, this was the highest jury verdict award for compensatory damages for an asbestos case in California.

Resolution: $10.3 million verdict against Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Economic damages: $350,000 to Christine Perez

Non-economic damages: $7 million to Christine Perez, $3 million to Charles Perez. Owens-Illinois was held to be 19% responsible for the damages to Christine and Charles Pere


BRAYTON PLAINTIFFS vs. METROPOLITAN LIFE

BRAYTON PLAINTIFFS vs. METROPOLITAN LIFE 1994

Description of Case: Successfully presented conspiracy case involving Met Life, Johns Manville, and others resulting in significant resolutions for hundreds of plaintiffs with asbestos-related diseases.

Resolution: This was a confidential closed settlement.


BRAYTON ASBESTOS PLAINTIFFS vs. OWENS-CORNING

BRAYTON ASBESTOS PLAINTIFFS vs. OWENS-CORNING 1992, Solano City Superior Court, California

Description of Case: Asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases.

Resolution: Over $12 million for 32 plaintiffs suffering from asbestosis and other asbestos-related diseases.


HAMILTON vs. ASBESTOS CORPORATION LTD.

HAMILTON vs. ASBESTOS CORPORATION LTD. 1995

Description of Case: This California Supreme Court decision significantly liberalized the statute of limitations in asbestos cases, and therefore was a very important case in te history of asbestos litigation allowing many more victims of asbestos exposure to sue for damages.


JOHN BERNING vs. AP GREEN INDUSTRIES, INC.

JOHN BERNING vs. AP GREEN INDUSTRIES, INC. San Francisco Superior Court, Case number: 319733

Description of Case: John Berning was exposed to Bendix brake linings while repairing the brakes on his family’s vehicles. Since this was the only exposure that could be proven, Allied Signal was found to be 100% responsible.

Resolution: $1.2 million verdict against Allied Signal, the successor in interest of Bendix Corporation.

Economic damages: $275,579

Non-economic damages: $850,000 Allied Signal was found to be 100% responsible for the damages to John Berning.


DONALD ROSE vs. OWENS-CORNING

DONALD ROSE vs. OWENS-CORNING

Description of Case: Donald Rose was exposed to asbestos in his work as a plumber and pipefitter. A number of years later he developed asbestosis.

Resolution: $2.8 million verdict


NEWMAN vs. LORILLARD, AND HOLLINGSWORTH & VOSE, INC.

NEWMAN vs. LORILLARD, AND HOLLINGSWORTH & VOSE, INC.

Description of Case: Mr. Newman smoked a brand of cigarettes that had a filter that contained asbestos, and subsequently came down with an asbestos-related disease. Lorillard made Kent cigarettes. For four years in the 1950’s, from1952-56, Kent cigarettes contained the "Kent Micronetic Filter", an asbestos containing filter made by Hollingsworth and Vose.

This was a high profile case because it was only the second time a trial in the United States ended with a verdict against these tobacco companies for their asbestos containing filter.


CHARLES PALLMORE vs. AEROJET and PITTSBURGH-CORNING

CHARLES PALLMORE vs. AEROJET and PITTSBURGH-CORNING

Description of Case: This case involved two lung cancer cases that the judge grouped together. Both of the plaintiffs were exposed to asbestos while working as pipefitters.

Resolution: Paul Lysen vs. Pittsburgh-Corning and Combustion Engineering, $2.5 million.


CHANDLER, VINUM, PAUL, and SMITH vs. EXXON

CHANDLER, VINUM, PAUL and SMITH vs. EXXON

Description of Case: This case grouped four plaintiffs together who had lung cancer. Emery Chandler, Alan Vinum, Albert Paul, and Darlan Smith had all been exposed to asbestos on the job as pipe fitters, while working in ships, commercial buildings, and industrial buildings.

Resolution: $3.5-4 million. This is a high amount to be awarded for lung cancer.


POLENSKY vs. KYOCERA INTERNATIONAL, INC.

May 31, 1996, California Appellate Court, 4th District, Case number: G014464

Description of Case: This case involved a worker exposed to Beryllium who came down with beryllium disease also known as chronic beryllium disease or CBD. This was the highest reported beryllium disease verdict ever.

Resolution: $1.5 million


McGINNIS vs. BAXTER HEALTHCARE

McGINNIS vs. BAXTER HEALTHCARE

Description of Case: Baxter Healthcare was a maker of latex gloves. The plaintiff had a latex allergy and was exposed to latex gloves and other supplies on the job as a nurse. This is the highest reported verdict for latex allergy in the United States.

Resolution: $1.5 million for a nurse with latex allergy.


HENDERSON vs. ETERNIT INC.

HENDERSON vs. ETERNIT INC.

Description of Case: Paul & Hanley's plaintiff Mr. Henderson was exposed to asbestos in his job as a salesman of cement asbestos board. Mr. Henderson later developed mesothelioma. This is the first verdict against Eternit in the United States.

Resolution: $11.5 million.


Those dealing with asbestos and mesothelioma face a number of challenges, including the tremendous costs of treatment. If you were unknowingly exposed to harmful levels of asbestos, you have legal rights and there is help available for you.

Deciding which law firm to represent you and your case is very important. Choosing the right law firm will also be important to your settlement. You are entitled to an experienced mesothelioma law firm who has a track record of success in asbestos lawsuits.

It is not uncommon for there to be 10-20 parties that are named in a asbestos lawsuit that are located across the United States. For example, a worker in California may have been exposed to asbestos from asbestos products shipped from Libby, Montana or from an iron ore plant in St. Paul Minnesota. This is why it is very important to obtain an experienced asbestos mesothelioma law firm that knows all of the companies in each state who have responsibility for your asbestos exposure.

If you are a grieving family member or executor of the will of a person who has died from asbestos-related disease or mesothelioma, you may be eligible to file a claim as well.

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