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USS Kitty Hawk – Navy Ship Exposure – $12.1 Million Mesothelioma Award

U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate Awarded $12.1M in 1960s Asbestos-Exposure Case

 

LOS ANGELES - May 11, 2009 - AnLA County jury has awarded$12.1 million to a U.S. Navy serviceman who was exposed to asbestos during a single tour of duty in the early 1960s.

The plaintiff in the case is Charles H.Cundiff, a 66-year-old retiredtruck driver who is terminally ill withmalignant pleuralmesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an insidious disease with asingel known cause: asbestos exposure. Mr.Cundiff's exposure occurred during his time as amachinist's mate aboard theUSS Kitty Hawk from 1962 to 1966.

 

The verdict was announced on May 6, after five days of jury deliberation. Mr.Cundiff wasawarded $10 million for pain and suffering and $506,000 in economic damages for lost wages. His wife, Glenda "Joyce"Cundiff, wasawarded $1.5 million for loss of consortium.

 

The jury foundmanufacturer John Crane, Inc. and supplier Lone Star Industries liable for both defective products and failure to warn.John Crane was assessed 5 percent liability;Lone Star was assigned 19 percent.

 

Lead trial attorney Gary M. Paul called the verdict notable, saying, "Today's verdict, right on the heels of theHaupt verdict, demonstrates that theTaylor decision does not result in justice being denied to the asbestos-exposed plaintiff. On the contrary, the jury found fault with both manufacturer and supplier, and not just for defective product, but also for failure to warn. This demonstrates that a strong case with clear product ID can extend the scope of responsibility to all vendors in the supply chain, including third parties, who knowingly provide harmful products to unsuspecting consumers."

 

The decision by theCalifornia Court of Appeal in Taylor vs.Crane Co. releases manufacturers from a duty to warn of thedangers of asbestos-containing components used in their products if those subcomponents are manufactured or supplied by a third party.

 

Mr.Cundiff was too ill to take the witness stand. His testimony was presented viadepostion, in which he detailed his work aboard theUSS Kitty Hawk during a four year tour of duty which included a nine month overhaul in thePuget Sound Naval

 

Shipyard. This work involved cleaning, repairing and replacingvalves,pumps,gaskets,packings and the use ofInsulag insulating cement in the No. 2 and No. 4engine rooms. It was dirty and dusty work that generated large amounts ofasbestos dust that he breathed with no protection.

 

The close-up work allowed him to recall product brand names stamped into the components.John Crane Inc. was among the product names he encountered. He also recalled seeing trucks with thePioneer Sand & Gravel name pulling into thePuget Sound Naval Shipyard carrying bags ofInsulag. Pioneer, a predecessor ofLone Star Industries, was a supplier ofInsulag, anindustrial insulation product used widely at the time.

 

The defense attempted to discredit Mr.Cundiff by asserting thatInsulag was not used in the overhaul of theKitty Hawk, and in fact, was not among the approved products that appeared on the Qualified Products List - or QPL - published by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). In addition, the defense claimed, hadInsulag been delivered to the site, it would not have been delivered in the manner described by Mr.Cundiff.

 

The testimony proved otherwise. During cross-examination, defense expert Thomas McCaffrey admitted that, in fact, there was noDoD Qualified Products List in existence at the time of Mr.Cundiff's service. Additionally, a rebuttal witness - who worked at theshipyard for nearly two decades and had not known Mr.Cundiff - corroborated thesailor's recollection of the manner in which theInsulag product was used, as well as deliveries toPuget Sound Naval Shipyard by Pioneer trucks.

 

WKP partner MikeArmitage commented, "Mr.Cundiff's recollection of brands and suppliers was sharp, honest, and in the end, indisputable. CharlesCundiff'sintergrity won the day. His courage and tenacity give hope to otherNavy families facing the deadly course ofmesothelioma due to asbestos exposure."

 

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Waters Kraus & Paul is the West Coast practice of Waters & Kraus, LLP - a nationally recognized plaintiffs' firm concentrating on complex product liability and personal injury/wrongful death cases,particulary asbestos-mesothelioma. In addition to toxic tort litigation, the firm's diverse practice includes pharmaceutical productliabilty, negligence, elder financial abuse, and consumer product liability, as well as qui tam (whistle-blower) and commercial litigation. With offices in California, Texas, and Maryland, Waters & Kraus has litigated cases in jurisdictions across the United States on behalf of individuals from all 50 states, as well as foreign governments.


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USS Essex – Navy Ship Exposure – $1.4 Million Mesothelioma Award

U.S. Navy Widow Awarded $1.4M in Long-Term Asbestos-Exposure Case

LOSANGELES - April 24, 2009 - An LA County jury has awarded $1.4 million to the widow of a career U.S. Navy serviceman whodevelopedmesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure aboard naval vessels. The seaman served his entire two-decade career - from 1959 through his retirement in 1980 - as a machinist's mate.

The verdict, which awarded the family of Earl OgleHaupt, III $450,861 in economic damages, and $1.0 million for loss of consortium, was announced on April 21.

Mr.Haupt's job involved maintaining, repairing and overhauling pumps, valves and mechanical systems within naval steam propulsion systems, as well as their myriad asbestos-containing component parts aboard theUSS Intrepid,USS Essex, andUSSGurke. The work exposed him 8-10 hours daily over many years to massive volumes of asbestos dust in tight, unventilated quarters.

Via video deposition, Mr.Haupt recalled in sharp detail the types and brands of valves, pumps, gaskets, packing, and insulation he handled, as well as the precise processes he followed to remove, repair, and re-install equipment componentsaboard ship. He remembered breathing copious amounts of dust without any type of protective breathing apparatus and no knowledge that the dust was deadly, despite having read numerous instruction sheets and product manuals over the course of his career. Had he known of the hazard, he recounted, he certainly would have heeded the warning to protect his health, and ultimately, his life.

The jury found ElliottTurbomachinery Co., Inc.,Crane Co., and John Crane, Inc. liable fordefective product design.

"We're pleased for the family," said WKP attorney and lead trial counsel BrentZadorozny. "Navy asbestos-exposure cases are always challenging, but this one was especially so in light of the recentTaylor decision."

The decision by the California Court ofApeal in Taylor vs. Crane Co., handed down just last month, releases manufacturers from a duty to warn of the dangers of asbestos-containing components used in their products if those subcomponents are manufactured or supplied by a third party.

WKP partner Gary Paul explained, "Taylor letsmanufacturers off the hook for what they have known about the dangers of asbestos since the 1940s, but were reticent to share for decades with unknowing consumers."

"Even in cases where the manufacturer's product design calls specifically for an asbestos-based component, the appellate court has decided that the maker has no duty to warn the consumer of the subcomponent or its lethal effects, and can not be found negligent for that failure to warn. It's taken the concept of 'consumer beware' to a new, dangerous extreme," Mr. Paul continued.

"In the end, justice prevailed," said Mr.Zadorozny. "Mrs.Haupt is grateful to the jury for sorting through the subtleties of the law and holding these defendants accountable for her husband's devastating illness and cruel death," said Mr.Zadorozny.

Earl O.Haupt, III died in December 2006 at the age of 66, after 20 years and six months of honorable service to the Navy, and less than six months after being diagnosed with malignant pleuralmesothelioma. He and his wife were raising two young grandchildren, ages 4 and 8, at the time of his death.

About Waters Kraus & Paul

Waters Kraus & Paul is the West Coast practice of Waters & Kraus, LLP - a nationally recognized plaintiffs' firm concentrating on complexproduct liability and personal injury/wrongful death cases, particularly asbestos-mesothelioma. In addition to toxic tort litigation, the firm's diverse practice includes pharmaceutical product liability, negligence, elder financial abuse, and consumer product liability, as well as qui tam (whistle-blower) andcommercial litigation. With offices inCalifornia,Texas, andMaryland, Waters & Kraushas litigated cases in jurisdictions across

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USS Intrepid – Navy Ship Aircraft Carrier – $1.4 Million Mesothelioma Award

U.S. Navy Widow Awarded $1.4M in Long-Term Asbestos-Exposure Case

LOS ANGELES - April 24, 2009 - An LA County jury has awarded $1.4 million to the widow of a career U.S. Navy serviceman whodevelopedmesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure aboard naval vessels. The seaman served his entire two-decade career - from 1959 through his retirement in 1980 - as a machinist's mate.

The verdict, which awarded the family of Earl OgleHaupt, III $450,861 in economic damages, and $1.0 million for loss of consortium, was announced on April 21.

Mr.Haupt's job involved maintaining, repairing and overhauling pumps, valves and mechanical systems within naval steam propulsion systems, as well as their myriad asbestos-containing component parts aboard theUSS Intrepid, USS Essex, and USSGurke. The work exposed him 8-10 hours daily over many years to massive volumes of asbestos dust in tight, unventilated quarters.

Via video deposition, Mr.Haupt recalled in sharp detail the types and brands of valves, pumps, gaskets, packing, and insulation he handled, as well as the precise processes he followed to remove, repair, and re-install equipment components aboard ship. He remembered breathing copious amounts of dust without any type of protective breathing apparatus and no knowledge that the dust was deadly, despite having read numerous instruction sheets and product manuals over the course of his career. Had he known of the hazard, he recounted, he certainly would have heeded the warning to protect his health, and ultimately, his life.

The jury found ElliottTurbomachinery Co., Inc.,Crane Co., and John Crane, Inc. liable fordefective product design.

"We're pleased for the family," said WKP attorney and lead trial counsel BrentZadorozny. "Navy asbestos-exposure cases are always challenging, but this one was especially so in light of the recentTaylor decision."

The decision by the California Court ofApeal in Taylor vs. Crane Co., handed down just last month, releases manufacturers from a duty to warn of the dangers of asbestos-containing components used in their products if those subcomponents are manufactured or supplied by a third party.

WKP partner Gary Paul explained, "Taylor letsmanufacturers off the hook for what they have known about the dangers of asbestos since the 1940s, but were reticent to share for decades with unknowing consumers."

"Even in cases where the manufacturer's product design calls specifically for an asbestos-based component, the appellate court has decided that the maker has no duty to warn the consumer of the subcomponent or its lethal effects, and can not be found negligent for that failure to warn. It's taken the concept of 'consumer beware' to a new, dangerous extreme," Mr. Paul continued.

"In the end, justice prevailed," said Mr.Zadorozny. "Mrs.Haupt is grateful to the jury for sorting through the subtleties of the law and holding these defendants accountable for her husband's devastating illness and cruel death," said Mr.Zadorozny.

Earl O.Haupt, III died in December 2006 at the age of 66, after 20 years and six months of honorable service to the Navy, and less than six months after being diagnosed with malignant pleuralmesothelioma. He and his wife were raising two young grandchildren, ages 4 and 8, at the time of his death.

About Waters Kraus & Paul

Waters Kraus & Paul is the West Coast practice of Waters & Kraus, LLP - a nationally recognized plaintiffs' firm concentrating on complexproduct liability and personal injury/wrongful death cases, particularly asbestos-mesothelioma. In addition to toxic tort litigation, the firm's diverse practice includes pharmaceutical product liability, negligence, elder financial abuse, and consumer product liability, as well as qui tam (whistle-blower) andcommercial litigation. With offices inCalifornia,Texas, andMaryland, Waters & Kraushas litigated cases in jurisdictions across

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USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier – Asbestos Veterans – $2.59 Million Mesothelioma Jury Award

 

Jury awards $2.59m to widow

BRIDGEPORT -- Nearly $2.6 million has been awarded nearly to the wife of a former Navy firefighter fromFlorida whodied from asbestos-related cancer in 2008 by a Superior Court jury.

After a two-month trial before Judge David Tobin, the six-person jury deliberated for less than a day and a half before ordering Allis-Chalmers Corp. to pay $2,595,000 to Gail Fortier ofPort Orange,Fla. Last Thursday the award was announced.

Fortier's husband, David, died inFlorida three months shy of his 60th birthday last June 20. He suffered from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation.

The widow's lawsuit was the first asbestos-related case to go to verdict inConnecticut in 20 years, said the plaintiff's lawyer, Christopher Meisenkothen, who works for the New Haven-based law firm Early, Ludwick, Sweeney and Strauss.

"We are pleased with the result and Mrs. Fortier is certainly pleased," Meisenkothen said.

The lawyer representing Allis-Chalmers, Jeffrey Ment, said however: "We are taking an appeal and we believe the judge made decisions ripe for appellate review."

David Fortier, who was a formerConnecticut resident, served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1972, a majority of that time as a fireman on theUSS Forrestal aircraft carrier, according to Meisenkothen. His service began two years after a devastating fire broke out aboard the ship, killing 134 sailors and injuring 161 others.

While on the ship, Fortier worked on pumps and other equipment manufactured by Allis-Chalmers, which, he said, were heavily insulated with asbestos.

Fortier wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2006, the lawyer said, and in December 2006 a lawsuit was filed.

Allis-Chalmers was once one of the world's largest manufacturer's of farm and other heavy equipment. Now theTexas headquartered company concentrates on oil field services.

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Aircraft Carriers – Asbestos Exposure - $2.6 Million Death Verdict

 

JURY AWARDS $2.6 MILLION AGAINST ALLIS CHALMERS CORPORATION

By NancyGalloway on March 24, 2009 United States ofAmerica

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JURY AWARDS $2.6 MILLION AGAINST THE ALLIS-CHALMERS CORPORATION Simon, Eddins & Greenstone, LLP and Early, Ludwick & Sweeney, LLC gains Multi-Million Dollar Verdict

 

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Case Style: David H. Fortier, et al., vs. Aerco International, Inc., et al, In the Superior Court J.D. ofFairfield atBridgeport,Connecticut, No. BA 06-5005849S

 

Jury Verdict: $ 2,595,000.00 million

 

Plaintiff(s): David H. Fortier, deceased and Gail M. Fortier

 

Defendant: Allis-Chalmers Corporation

 

Verdict Date: March 10, 2009

 

Facts: David Fortier, a 59-year oldFlorida resident, suffered from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Fortier was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2006 and died from this fatal disease on June 20, 2008. Fortier was a fireman assisting machinist mates in the machinery spaces on theUSS Forrestal from 1969-1972. He regularly worked on and around Allis-Chalmers pumps that contained asbestos gaskets and packing. Many of the pumps were also covered in asbestos insulation.

 

JURY AWARDS $2.6 MILLION AGAINST ALLIS CHALMERS CORPORATION

Following less than five hours of deliberations, the jury returned a $2.6 million dollar verdict in favor of the Fortier family. The jury assessed $1,775,000.00 in non-economic damages and $820,000.00 in economic damages. The jury found that the Allis-Chalmers Corporations pumps were a substantial factor in causing Dave Fortier’s death. The pumps were found to be defectively designed and the jury concluded that the company negligently failed to warn Dave Fortier and others of the inherent dangers of working with their asbestos-laden pumps.

 

“We are so happy for Gail Fortier and her family. David Fortier did exactly what he was supposed to do – he worked hard to provide for his family and served his country honorably. He had no idea that Allis-Chalmers products could hurt him. Allis-Chalmers had every to know that using their product could hurt people, people like Dave Fortier and continued to sell their pumps with no warnings. Only the jury force Allis-Chalmers to accept responsibility. On Tuesday, they unanimously decided that this company was liable for what they did to David and his family,” said Jessica Dean, lead counsel for the Fortier family.

 

Plaintiff attorneys: Jessica Dean, Eddins & Greenstone, LLP,Dallas,Texas

 

Christopher Meisenkothen, Early, Ludwick & Sweeney, LLC;New Haven,Connecticut.

 

Defense attorneys: Jeff Ment, Rome McGuigan, P.C.,HartfordConnecticut

 

Morris Borea,Rome McGuigan, P.C.,HartfordConnecticut

 

Judge: Honorable David Honorable David R.

 

Plaintiff experts: Dr. Arnold Brody (cell biologist); Captain William Lowell (Retired Navy Captain); Dr. Gary Crakes (economist); Jerald Abraham, M.D. (pathologist); and Steven Paskal (industrial hygienist).

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL: JESSICA DEAN (214)

 

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Asbestos Exposure - Aircraft Carriers

List of Aircraft Carriers where some veterans who have been diagnosed with asbestos related diseases have been stationed. If you served on one of these ships and suspect you have an asbestos-related disease call888.640.0914 for an experienced Navy Ship Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawyer.

USS Admiralty Islands

USS America

USS Antietam

USS Antietam CV 36-1

USSBadoengStrait

USS Bairoko

USS Belleau Wood

USS Bennington

USS Block Island

USS Bogue

USS Bon Homme Richard

USS Boxer

USS Bunker

USS Cabot

USS Card

USS Constellation

USS Coral Sea

USS Corregidor

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

USS Essex

USSFanshawBay

USS Forrestal

USS GeorgeWashington

USS Hancock

USS Hornet CV 8

USS Hornet CV 12

USS Independence CVL 22

USS Intrepid

USS John F. Kennedy

USS Juneau CL-119

USSKalininBay

USS Kitty Hawk AKV-1

USS Kitty Hawk CV-63

USS Kwajalein

USS Lake Champlain

USS Lexington

USSLiscomeBay

USS MakinIsland

USSMarcusIsland

USS Midway

USS Nassau

USS Nimitz

USS Oriskany

USSPetrofBay

USS Princeton

USS Puget Sound

USS Ranger

USS Sable IX

USS San Jacinto

USS Saratoga

USS Shangri La

USS Sicily

USSSteamerBay

USS Wright

 

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This clip is from the 1959 film, "Asbestos: a Matter of Time," by the Bureau of Mines (US Department of the Interior.) The entire filmis..

 
 
 
 
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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Quick Facts

 
 
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mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an incurableasbestos cancer. This short film was produced to raise awareness of the issues aroundmesothelioma.

 
Pleural Mesothelioma: a foreseable and avoidable deathAdded to
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PleuralMesothelioma: aforeseable and avoidabledeath

Epidemiologic observations on an anatomical-pathologic and clinic case study from 1997 to 2006 - Service of Preventive Medicine

 
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Documentary AsbestosThe Silent Killer

Documentary on the effects of the exposed toasbestos.

 
 
 
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Mesothelioma

MesotheliomaCan be cured

Mesothelioma in pictures.

 
Asbestos The Silent Killer Part 1 of 3
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AsbestosThe Silent Killer Part 1 of 3

Produced by United Steelworkers Local 480 at theTeckCominco Smelter in Trail, BC, this hard-hitting documentary examines the devastatinghuman...

 
 
 
 
 
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