Toxic Tort

January 20, 2021

Metcalf and Lewis Successfully Exclude Speculative Medical Testimony in Forestry Herbicide Case

The FormanWatkins forest products team continues its strong performance defending companies who have been sued for alleged personal injuries. Recently, FormanWatkins attorneys Joshua Metcalf and Chelsea Lewis argued successfully for the exclusion of two medical doctors in a herbicide spraying case where the plaintiffs sought to use the doctors to establish a causative link between the herbicide at issue and the plaintiffs’ alleged injuries.

January 14, 2021

FormanWatkins Team Wins Summary Judgment in West Virginia Debut

FormanWatkins attorneys Fred Krutz, Brian Hannula, and Andrew Stubbs started off 2021 strong with a summary judgment win in West Virginia! The case was the first of six coal mining claims filed against the same respirator manufacturer to reach the summary judgment stage.

September 1, 2020

Oregon Ct. of Appeals Affirms Grant of New Trial for Firm Client

On August 26, 2020, the Oregon Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s grant of a new trial to our client, finding that plaintiff’s counsel engaged in misconduct by failing to produce asbestos bankruptcy trust affidavits that proved alternative asbestos exposures, and that plaintiff’s counsel’s misconduct “materially affected” our client’s rights at trial. 

May 22, 2019

Toman and Diesa Win Summary Judgment in Asbestos Litigation

New Jersey partners Tom Toman and Nicole Diesa recently won a summary judgment motion in New Jersey asbestos litigation.  Despite a tentative decision to deny the motion, the Court eventually granted summary judgment and found that based upon a failure to establish causation, plaintiff could not submit a legally sufficient case against the manufacturer of electrical products represented by FormanWatkins.  Ms. Diesa wrote the winning briefs, and Mr. Toman gave the oral argument.

August 8, 2018

Silica Team Won Summary Judgment in Hinds County on Behalf of Precision Packaging

On August 1, 2018, Judge Joseph Sclafani entered an Order granting Precision Packaging’s motion for summary in the Robert Tucker case pending in Hinds County, Mississippi. Plaintiff had two claims against Precision: (1) a failure to warn claim; and (2) a “sand is defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous” claim. Plaintiff conceded Precision’s summary judgment motion on plaintiff’s failure to warn claim because plaintiff admitted in his deposition that the did not read Precision’s warning. However, plaintiff vigorously pursued his defective design claim.

May 10, 2018

Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Chemical Exposure Case in Philadelphia

Tim Gray recently obtained a defense verdict for a Forman Watkins client in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Plaintiff alleged that her deceased husband’s aplastic anemia was caused by exposure to benzene and that the aplastic anemia caused his death. The claim against Forman Watkins’ client was that it supplied a chemical that contained benzene to a manufacturer who incorporated that chemical into its product that the plaintiff’s husband allegedly used.

April 24, 2018

Charles Abbott Guest Lecturer for LSU Law School’s Toxic Torts Class

On April 23, 2018, New Orleans partner Charles Abbott and Larry Centola with Martzell, Bickford & Centola guest lectured for LSU Law School’s Toxic Torts class. Abbott and Centola focused their lecture on class actions and multi-district litigation generally and specifically related to the toxic tort arena.  This is the second year in a row that Abbott and Centola have guest lectured together, providing second and third year law students perspectives from both the plaintiff and defense side, in connection with various aspects of toxic tort litigation.  

February 13, 2017

Join Speaker WG Watkins at Perrin’s Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference

We are looking forward to Perrin Conferences’ Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference on March 6-7, 2017 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel. This prestigious 7th annual conference draws in hundreds with a lineup of the nation’s top industry professionals providing balanced perspectives and updates on the most significant topics regarding asbestos and toxic tort litigation. CLE credits will be offered to conference attendees, including an hour-long ethics discussion. In addition to its educational benefits, the conference will provide valuable and engaging networking opportunities. Perrin Conferences sets the standard in the professional education industry as the place to learn, network and do business. I hope to see you there! To view the full agenda and learn more about this Perrin Conferences’ event, please visit  www.perrinconferences.com.