Defense Verdict in California Mesothelioma Trial for John Crane Inc.

May 26, 2017
Oakland, California


OAKLAND, May 26, 2017 – Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP won a defense verdict in a wrongful death mesothelioma case pending before Judge Seligman in the Superior Court of California for Alameda County. Trial lawyers Bill Fountain and Claire Weglarz represented John Crane Inc.

Plaintiffs, the decedent's wife and daughter, claimed that Roy Booth's mesothelioma was caused by his work with HPTY's client's gasket and packing products during his service aboard ships in the Navy from 1967 through 1985.  

The trial team won a nonsuit after the close of Plaintiffs' evidence on all design defect claims. In granting the nonsuit, the court found that the gaskets and packing products conformed to reasonably precise military specifications. Thus, the claims were barred by the military contractor affirmative defense pled by HPTY's client. Only Plaintiffs' failure to warn claims were submitted to the jury. The jury specifically found that John Crane Inc.’s alleged failure to warn about its products was not a substantial factor in causing Roy Booth's mesothelioma. 

Plaintiffs were represented by the Roger Gold firm. Anthony E. Vieira and Campbell Fillmore represented Plaintiffs at trial. 

The following experts testified at trial for Plaintiffs: Barry Horn (pulmonologist), Alan Smith (epidemiologist), and William Ewing (industrial hygiene). The following experts testified at trial for Defendants: James Crapo (pulmonologist), John Henshaw (industrial hygiene), James Delaney (Navy), and Margaret McCloskey (Navy). 

Booth v. John Crane Inc, et al., Case No. RG15789131.

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