San Francisco managing partner John Brydon obtained a unanimous defense verdict for Demler client Pneumo Abex in an asbestos wrongful death mesothelioma case tried in Seattle, Washington. New York-based national asbestos plaintiff firm Karst & Von Oiste name partner, Douglas von Oiste, asked the King County jury to return a verdict in excess of $2.5 million for the personal injury and subsequent wrongful death of a parts man at Consolidated Freightways who allegedly worked with and around asbestos containing Pneumo Abex-manufactured heavy duty truck brake linings in the 1950s.
In what became a battle of medical and scientific evidence on whether working with asbestos containing brakes increases the risk of developing mesothelioma, the jury returned a 12-0 defense verdict determining that Pneumo Abex brake linings were not unreasonably dangerous and that it was not negligent for having failed to place warnings on its product. Brydon also argued that the likely sole cause of the decedent’s mesothelioma was exposure to potent amosite containing insulation products while assigned to an escort aircraft carrier as a machinist’s mate during World War II.
The jury deliberated for about 2 hours before returning its verdict in favor of Demler’s client.
In addition to trying serious personal injury and bad faith cases for the firm, Mr. Brydon is a member of national trial teams for multiple defendants in asbestos litigation and is often asked to try mesothelioma cases around the country.
Lasich vs Pneumo Abex LLC, Case #14-2-13403-7 SEA, Washington Superior Court King County, date of verdict July 27, 2016.