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Brake Mechanic – Asbestos Veterans –Mesothelioma Lawsuit
13 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyMarch 23-27
4/1/2009 1:34 PM By Kelly Holleran
A total of 13 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 23 through March 27.
The following claims were filed:
--Richard L. and Loretta Bell of Texas claim Richard L. Bell contracted Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1945, as a loader at Shell Oil Co. from 1947 until 1952, as a district manager at Stahly Cartage Company from 1955 until 1973 and as president at Kaney Transportation from 1973 until 1994. The Bells are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-307.
--Valdis D. Bross of Indiana, a chemical engineer from 1963 until 1968, a maintenance engineer from 1968 until 1969, a maintenance worker from 1969 until 1971, a maintenance and technical service engineer from 1971 until 1975, a pump and compressor salesperson from 1975 until 1982 and a maintenance and repair engineer from 1982 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. Bross is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-302.
--Ladd and Joan Butler ofArizona claim Ladd Butler developed mesothelioma after his work as a meat cutter from 1938 until 1942, from 1946 until 1951 and from 1951 until 1956, as a cook from 1943 until 1946, as a general contractor from 1947 until 1983 and as a home remodeler from 1955 until 1957. TheButlers are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beane of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-293.
--George and Melody Crossland of Tennessee claim George Crossland developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, self-employed contract carpet installer and self-employed contracted commercial building cleaner from 1958 until 2009. The Crosslands are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-316.
--William Fredrick and Jean Dolle ofIllinois claim William Fredrick Dolle developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, bricklayer, drywaller, roofer and floortiler from 1947 until 1994. Dolle is represented by John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Aaron J. Deluca and Erik P. Karst of Deluca and Nemeroff of Spring,Texas, will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-299.
--Harry J. Ferdinand ofLouisiana, a laborer and member of the United Steel Workers Local Union from 1966 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. Ferdinand is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-317.
--Thomas Fite ofMissouri claims pleural plaque on behalf of his recently deceased father, Wesley Fite, who worked as a laborer, fireman and miner from 1946 until 1977. Thomas Fite is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-292.
--William and Glynda Gibbs ofMississippi claim William Gibbs developed mesothelioma after his work from 1955 until 2009 as amechanic, farmer and truck driver. The Gibbsare represented by Shane F. Hampton, Paul M. Dix and Courtney Gregory of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-315.
--Jeff Hanson ofIllinois claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased father, Harry Hanson, who worked as a laborer from 1943 until 1987. Jeff Hanson is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-298.
--Kat Kreag ofIndiana claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased mother, Margaret L. McCarthy, who worked as a switchboard operator at Indiana Bell Telephone. McCarthy was also exposed to asbestos through her father's and husband's work for Indiana Harbor Belt Rail Raod from 1965 until 1977, according to the complaint. Her father also brought asbestos fibers home on his clothes after his work for Carson Prarie Scott, the suit states. Kreag is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-301.
--Elizabeth Manach of Massachusetts claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gregory A. Manach, who served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1973, a carpenter from 1970 until 1975 and from 1977 until 1978, a butcher from 1975 until 2007 and an electricians assistant from 1993 until 1994. Elizabeth Manach is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-291.
--Charles Lee and Peggy Sue Riden claim Charles Lee Ridendeveloped mesothelioma after his work as abrake mechanic andmechanic at Riden's Garage from 1934 until 1952, as a shadetreemechanic from the 1950s until the 1970s and as an engineman and fireman in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1974. The Ridens are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-314.
--Deanne Ritch of Georgia, a laborer, cord board operator, clerk and manager from the 1960s until 1995, claims mesothelioma. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband's work from 1964 until 1983 as an engineer at Western Electric Company, according to the complaint. She is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCoooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-312.
Brake Mechanics – Asbestos Trades – $2,245,000 Million Mesothelioma Verdict
San Francisco Jury Awards $2,245,000 to Bulldozer Driver and his Wife
On March 16, 2005, aSan Franciscojury awarded $2,245,000 to Daniel andVeneisa Johnson ofMarion,North Carolina for an asbestos-caused cancer. Mr. Johnson is dying ofmesothelioma, an incurable asbestos-caused cancer. This is believed to be the first verdict in theUnited States involving asbestos exposure from Caterpillar machinery.
Daniel Johnson is a 58-year-old bulldozer operator fromMarion,North Carolina who was exposed to asbestos from Caterpillar bulldozers while performingbrake and other maintenance.
In March, 2004, Daniel Johnson, husband ofVeneisa Johnson, and father of two children, was diagnosed with malignantmesothelioma, a cancerwhose only known cause is asbestos. Mr. Johnson’s prognosis is terminal and his given three to six months to live.
Mr. Johnson filed his lawsuit inSan Francisco on July 15, 2004. In March, 2005, following a two-week jury trial, the jury found that the remaining defendant, Caterpillar, Inc., was responsible, in part, for Daniel Johnson’s cancer. The jury found that Caterpillar’s products were defective and Caterpillar failed to properly warn of asbestos hazards. Daniel Johnson performed brake servicing on Caterpillar bulldozers from 1978 to 1985 while employed as a bulldozer operator.
The jury found that Mr. Johnson suffered $995,000 in lost income and medical expenses and awarded $1 million in pain and suffering. In addition, Mrs. Johnson was awarded $250,000 for loss of her husband’s care, comfort and society.
Plaintiff alleged he was dying frommesothelioma caused by the totality of his asbestos exposure, including from Caterpillar, Inc.’s products. Plaintiff’s alleged exposure occurred as aboilertender in the Navy for four years between 1967 and 1970 aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown and U.S.S. Independence and at Todd Shipyard inSouthern California for several weeks in 1971. From 1976 to 2004, Daniel Johnson was employed as a bulldozer operator inMarion,North Carolina. From 1978 to 1985, he assisted in themaintenance of brakes and the changing of gaskets on three bulldozers on approximately 15 to 20 occasions. Mr. Johnson alleges he was exposed to asbestos during the maintenance of the Caterpillar bulldozers.
Caterpillar alleged that there is no appreciable asbestos exposure during maintenance of such bulldozers. A special study from 2003 was presented to prove that assertion. In addition, Caterpillar presented achrysotile defense. Caterpillar’s position was that the Navy exposure alone caused Mr. Johnson’smesothelioma.
Jury Trial: Daniel Johnson andVeneisa Johnson v. Caterpillar, Inc., et al.
San Francisco Superior Court Case No. 432923
Judge: The Hon. Donald S. Mitchell, Department 602
Rendered: March 16, 2005
Economic Damages: $995,000
Pain and Suffering: $1,000,000
Loss of Consortium: $250,000
Allocations: Caterpillar, Inc.: 5%
All others: 95%
Estimated Judgment after credits: $900,000
Trial testimony: 17 days; Jury deliberations lasted 6 days
Trial commenced February 14, 2005 and concluded March 16, 2005
Plaintiffs’ expert witnesses included:
Richard Cohen, M.D.
Arnold Brody, M.D.
Barry Horn, M.D.
Allan Smith, M.D.
Barry Ben-Zion, Ph.D.
Defendant’s expert witnesses included:
John Spencer, C.I.H.
William Hughson, M.D.
Carolin Shining, Esq.
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Brake Mechanic – Asbestos Trades - $53.5 Million Asbestos Verdict
Honeywell Says Asbestos Verdict Was More Than It Had Disclosed
By ALEX BERENSON
Published: April 18, 2002
Honeywell International appears to have misinformed analysts and shareholders about how much of a $53.5 million verdict it is responsible for paying in the case of a man who died of a cancer caused by asbestos.
When the judgment was announced on Feb. 8 in aManhattan court, Honeywell's stock dove as much as 11 percent during the day, shaving $3 billion off its market value. Honeywell's shares quickly rebounded after the company said it had been found liable for less than $1.1 million of the verdict, a figure that made its way into Wall Street analysts' reports. But the company's statement immediately raised questions among lawyers who had followed the case but were not involved in it. Those lawyers, who included both plaintiff and defense attorneys, said the company's true responsibility was much greater.
Honeywell now says that it must pay at least $11 million of the judgment, according to Peter M. Kreindler, its general counsel. Mr. Kreindler said Honeywell planned to appeal the verdict and had not misled investors about its size. The company does not face financially significant liability from asbestos cases, he said, and has $2 billion in asbestos insurance.
Although $11 million is minor for a company Honeywell's size, investors are nervous about Honeywell's asbestos liabilities. Last winter, investors punished the stocks of several major companies like Halliburton and 3M after a series of multimillion-dollar asbestos verdicts. The companies generally say that they do not expect the litigation to damage their financial health, but most have not discussed their liabilities in detail.
Honeywell faces about 50,000 asbestos injury claims, including nearly 1,000 claims from people suffering from the cancer in this case, mesothelioma. The North American Refractories Company, a former unit of AlliedSignal, which merged with Honeywell in 1999, made bricks that contained asbestos. That business faces an additional 116,000 asbestos claims and filed for bankruptcy in January.
In addition, Honeywell may be an especially ripe target for plaintiffs because a manager at Bendix, the Honeywell subsidiary that is the target of the suits because it makes brake linings that once contained asbestos, wrote in a 1966 letter that his response to concerns about asbestos was: ''If you have enjoyed a good life while working with asbestos products why not die from it.''
Based inMorristown,N.J., Honeywell makes everything from specialty chemicals to electronic equipment for aircraft. The company has 115,000 employees and a market value of nearly $33 billion.
The judgment in February, the largest ever for a single plaintiff in an asbestos case, was awarded to Patricia Brown, the wife of Stephen Brown. Mr. Brown, aformer brake mechanic and coast guardsman, died of mesothelioma in December 2000.
The jury found Bendix 2.35 percent responsible for Mr. Brown's death. Under most circumstances, that finding would mean Honeywell is responsible for paying 2.35 percent, or $1.26 million, of the verdict underNew York state law.
In his comments on the case, Thomas B. Crane, a Honeywell spokesman, emphasized the 2.35 percent figure to reporters and analysts. Mr. Crane said Honeywell's portion of the verdict ''was 2.3 percent,'' according to the Dow Jones Newswires. Bloomberg News reported that Mr. Crane had ''estimated the amount at about $1.06 million.''
Wall Street analysts who follow Honeywell accepted the company's explanation and figures.
Harriet C. Baldwin, an analyst for Deutsche Bank, wrote in a report on Feb. 11 that Honeywell's share of the case was $1.1 million and would be covered by insurance. In an interview this week, Ms. Baldwin recalled that ''that verdict was just over $1 million.'' Similarly, Phua K. Young, an analyst for Merrill Lynch, wrote, referring to the company by its stock symbol, that ''according to HON, if they are successful the possible monetary outcome for the company could be something less (possibly materially less) than the current share of $1.2 million.''