Defense Verdict in Los Angeles

January 17, 2014
Schildknegt v. Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, et al.
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

On January 17, 2014, HPTY received a defense verdict for a client that manufactures fluid sealing devices. The plaintiff was a Missouri resident who had previously worked in California. He had pleural mesothelioma that he alleged was caused by asbestos exposure as a pipefitter at Todd Pacific Shipyard in Long Beach, Gulf Oil in Santa Fe Springs, and Unilever (Lever Bros) in Commerce. Although the plaintiff sued over 40 defendants, only two remained at the time of verdict.

Robert Thackston of the firm’s Dallas office and Claire Weglarz of the firm’s Los Angeles office tried the case for HPTY’s client. The Hon. Patrick T. Madden presided over the trial in Long Beach. At the end of closing argument, plaintiffs’ counsel (Brent Zadorozny of Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.) urged the jury to award $20 million in compensatory damages.

After about four hours of deliberation, the ten woman and two man jury returned a defense verdict for both defendants. 

HPTY’s experts included Dr. James Crapo and John Henshaw, CIH. Plaintiffs’ experts included Dr. Arnold Brody, Dr. James Dahlgren, and Charlie Ay.

The trial team was assisted by Saxon Guerriere of the Dallas office and Julia A. Gowin of the Los Angeles office.

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