HPTY Obtains Two Defense Verdicts in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

November 15, 2017


SCRANTON, November 15, 2017 – After a three-week trial in Pennsylvania, national litigation firm Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP (HPTY) secured defense verdicts for two different defendants. HPTY’s attorneys Jason J. Irvin served as lead trial counsel for a HVAC & plumbing supply house and David C. Marshall served as lead trial counsel for a global leader of cooling and heating products.

The trial started on October 30, 2017 with 11 defendants – 5 remained at the time of verdict – 3 furnace manufacturers, 1 boiler manufacturer, and 1 supply house. Plaintiffs’ brought claims on behalf of Mr. Robert Horst, who previously worked as a residential HVAC contractor from 1970-1978 in Lancaster, PA. Plaintiffs alleged Mr. Horst developed mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure from boiler and furnace removal, repair and installation.

The Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for Lackawanna County jury of 6 women and 4 men deliberated for two hours, returning a defense verdict in favor of all remaining defendants. The case was tried before Judge Terrance R. Nealon.

Kathryn Pryor and Chad Cotten of Baron & Budd P.C. tried the case on behalf of the Plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs’ experts included Richard Kradin, MD, Steven Paskal CIH, Robert Johnson MBA, and Richard Lemen, PhD. Defense experts included James Crapo, MD, James Poole CIH, and Patricia Hall, CIH. 

Horst, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al., Case No. 15 CV 1903 (Pa. Ct. Comm. Pls., Lackawanna Cty.).

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