HPTY Secures Summary Judgment for Two Clients

July 1, 2011

The Atlanta and Dallas offices won separate summary judgments for Union Carbide Corporation and The Sherwin-Williams Company in an asbestos case pending in the MDL-875. The Plaintiff asserted negligence claims against Union Carbide Corporation and The Sherwin-Williams Company, alleging that her father developed mesothelioma and died as a result of exposure to asbestos from multiple products, including joint compound, while working as a painter and while performing various home remodeling projects. After substantial briefing and oral arguments, the Court agreed that Plaintiff failed to raise genuine issues of material fact and granted summary judgment as to the negligence claims. 

Frank Chao and Jason Groch from the Atlanta office prepared Union Carbide Corporation's Motion for Summary Judgment and Reply to Plaintiff's Response to the Motion for Summary Judgment, respectively. In a joint effort, Jack Sibley and Frank Chao from the Atlanta office and Ed Slaughter, Lauren Wood, and Barret Marshall from the Dallas office won summary judgment for The Sherwin-Williams Company.  Ed Slaughter argued the Motion for Summary Judgment at the hearing on behalf of The Sherwin-Williams Company.  In reaching both decisions, the Court relied substantially upon the deposition testimonies of fact witnesses elicited by Frances Spinthourakis from the Atlanta office. These were great victories for both clients against the Ferraro Law Firm, a very difficult and aggressive Plaintiffs' firm in Florida. 


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