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VallejoCalifornia – Asbestos Trades – $7.5 Million Mesothelioma Lawsuit
$7.5 Million Awarded in Asbestos Lawsuit Settlement
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
A former marine machinist, Robert "Bobby" Hilt ofVallejo,California, won $7.5 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit, which is one of the highest settlements for a patient as old as the 64-year-old Hilt inCalifornia courts' history.
Bobby Hilt was diagnosed with mesothelioma earlier in 2008, nearly a year from his trial.
Mesothelioma is an almost always fatal cancer of the tissues lining the lungs. Currently there is no effective treatment for the disease, which is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. In most cases, mesothelioma does not develop until decades after exposure. Scientists are not sure why this is, but they do agree that asbestos exposure does lead to the cancer. Patients typically only survive for 12 to 18 months after their diagnosis of mesothelioma.
Hilt sued 11 defendants for causing his exposure to asbestos during his work as a machinist in the 1960s through the 1970s. He claimed that the defendants either made, supplied, or distributed the asbestos-containing materials around which he worked during his career.
Hilt's career involved a stint at the Bayshore plant for Schlage Lock Company from 1963 to 1965. After that time, he moved to work at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard until 1972. During the early part of the 1970s, Hilt worked as a machinist in the nuclear reactor compartments of the Sturgeon submarines at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. It was during this decade of working at these places that Hilt feels he inhaled asbestos fibers that led to his mesothelioma. Since after his time at the shipyards, he went to work at the U.S. Mint inSan Francisco from 1972 until he retired in 2004.
The trial began early in November 2008, but two weeks into the proceedings, there were no longer any defendants still in court as the last of the eleven had chosen to settle out of court. Hilt and his wife declined to make a statement on the settlement.
VallejoCalifornia – Asbestos Exposure – $7.5 Mesothelioma Award
California man awarded $7.5m in Mesothelioma case
December 19th, 2008 by Wendi Lewis
A mandiagnosed with mesothelioma earlier this year will receive a $7.5 million settlement against 11 defendants that reportedly made, supplied or distributed the asbestos-containing products he handled and was exposed to in the workplace, according to a story in the Times-Herald. Robert Hilt ofVallejo,California., is 64. It is believed he developedmesotheliomaduring his work as a marine machinist.
The case was heard in San Francisco Superior Court last month. The Times-Herald reportsthat two weeks into the case, the last of the defendants settled out of court. It is believed the settlement is the richest inCalifornia history, particularly for a person of Hilt’s age, the paper reports.
According to the Times-Herald, it is believed that Hilt was exposed toasbestos at a series of jobs in theSan Francisco area beginning in 1963 and continuing through 1972, during which he was employed as a janitor and later as a machinist in two shipyards, where he worked on submarines. Following his stint in the shipyards, Hilt worked for the U.S. Mint inSan Francisco until 2004. He and his wife, Geraldine, have lived inVallejo for about 20 years.
VallejoCountyCA – Asbestos Trades – $10 Million Mesothelioma Verdict
California Welder/Boilermaker Gets 10 Million Mesothelioma Verdict
Ulysses Collins andCloristeen Collins v. Plant Insulation Company (2009)
AlamedaCounty Superior Court No. RG04143303
Honorable Harry Sheppard,AlamedaCounty Superior Court Judge
Plaintiffs: Ulysses Collins,Cloristeen Collins, and Patricia Collins
Defendant: Plant Insulation Company
Ulysses Collinsdied ofmesothelioma at the age of sixty-five. He was a welder at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard from 1960-1973, a welder/boilermaker at Standard Oil inRichmond,California from 1973-1976, and a welder at Mare Island Naval Shipyard inVallejo,California from 1976-1994.
The case settled before trial with various defendants and proceeded to trial only against Plant Insulation. Plant was the exclusive Northern California supplier of asbestos-containing thermal insulation manufactured byPabco/Fibreboard inEmeryville,California. Plant also was an insulation contractor at numerous industrial and commercial sites inNorthern California.
Trial commenced on October 2, 2008 and the jury returned a verdict on November 6, 2008. The jury verdict for plaintiffs was $10,038,000, which included $1,038,000 in economic damages. The jury determined that Plant was 20% liable for Mr. Collins'mesothelioma.
Ulysses Collins,Cloristeen Collins, and Patricia Collins were represented at trial by Firm principal Phillip Harley and associate MattThiel.