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New York Verdicts

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Families recover total of $3M in asbestos case

A jury awarded a total of $3 million to the families of three men who succumbed to mesothelioma. The victims’ families alleged that the men’s cancer was a result of their unknowing inhalation of asbestos fibers at various work sites in and around New York during the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Two victims were said to have been exposed to asbestos contained in fireproofing spray used at the original World Trade Center site. Another was said to have been exposed via his use of electrical products that contained asbestos. The jury awarded damages of $12.5 million but spread liability among many parties, including some that had previously been released from the suit. The defendants at trial were liable for 24 percent of the damages, or $3 million.
Terry v. A.O. Smith Water Products Co.
New York County

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Canister maker to pay $3.75M for customer’s fatal accident

The family of a man who sustained fatal burns in an accident involving a soldering torch recovered $3.75 million via a settlement of a resultant lawsuit. The victim’s family claimed that the accident was a result of a defect of a gas canister that was attached to the torch. The family contended that the carbon-steel canister, manufactured by Columbus, Ohio-based Worthington Cylinder Corp., cracked because of a faulty brazing process, allowing gas to escape and ignite into a fireball when the user attempted to light the torch. The defense contended that the canister was sound and that the accident occurred because the user tripped and fell onto the canister while the torch was lit. The parties agreed to settle the case on the eve of trial.
Estate of Tran v. Worthington Industries Inc.
Kings County

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Woman who claimed she was struck by bus recovers $12M

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed that she was struck by an MTA bus. The suit’s plaintiff, Amy Jordan, alleged that the bus’s driver, Roy Wright, did not yield while turning through a Manhattan intersection. Wright claimed that Jordan inattentively collided with one side of the bus. Jordan sustained extensive degloving of her right leg, necessitating several surgeries. She claimed that she cannot ambulate normally and that she may have to undergo amputation of her right leg. Jordan’s attorneys contended that Jordan’s injuries had to have been a result of her having been struck by the bus. The parties ultimately negotiated a settlement to avoid a trial.
Jordan v. MTA Bus Co.
New York County

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Winningest New York Law Firms

(since April 23, 2013; New York plaintiff’s verdicts only; as reported by VerdictSearch)
RANK FIRM VICTORIES TOTAL RECOVERY
1. Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C. 7 $9,313,500
2. The Law Offices of Eric H. Green and Associates 5 $1,010,000
3. Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore 4 $41,359,260
4. Kuharski, Levitz & Giovinazzo, Esqs. 4 $10,150,000
5. Burns & Harris 4 $1,640,000
6. Cellino & Barnes, P.C. 4 $1,362,000
7. Erica B. Sattler 4 $1,110,000
8. Levine and Wiss, PLLC 4 $119,102
9. Law Office of Souren A. Israelyan 3 $3,375,672
10. The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC 3 $1,390,000