Dallas, Texas (Mesothelioma Cancer News) — Case Style: Estelle Firth, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Thomas Firth, deceased; Kimberly Horner and Donna Reynolds, vs. AGCO Corporation, et al., In the Court of Common Pleas, Richland County South Carolina; Cause No: 2007-CP-40-02580
Jury Verdict: $ 700,000.00
Plaintiff(s): Thomas Firth, deceased; Estelle Firth, Kimberly Horner and Donna Reynolds.
Defendant: Garlock Sealing Technology, LLC
Verdict Date: June 26, 2009
Facts: Thomas Firth, a 72-year old South Carolina resident, suffered from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Firth was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November, 2006 and died from this fatal disease on July 13, 2007.
Tom Firth’s only known exposure to asbestos happened at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, in the 1950s where he worked for less than a year. He was a mechanic’s assistant on a battery of Coke ovens and worked with Garlock gaskets and packing on the many pumps and vales associated with the Coke ovens.
Following less than 5 hours of deliberations, the jury returned a $700,000 dollar verdict in favor of the Firth family. The jury found that the Garlock gaskets and packing were a substantial factor in causing Thomas Firth’s mesothelioma and death. The jury concluded that the company negligently failed to warn Thomas Firth and others of the inherent dangers of working with their asbestos products.
“We are so happy for Firth family. While Garlock has admitted outside of the court room that their products can cause cancer they refuse to do so in the court room. It was satisfying to hear the jury unanimously find that Garlock’s asbestos products were dangerous and that Garlock is responsible for this terrible loss to the Firth family,” said Chris Panatier, lead counsel for the Firth family.
Plaintiff attorneys: Chris Panatier & Jessica Dean; Simon, Eddins & Greenstone, LLP, Dallas, Texas.
Defense attorneys: Tim Bouch and Kevin Ward; Leath, Bouch, Crawford and Von Keller, LLP, Charleston, South Carolina.
Judge: Honorable Larry Patterson
Plaintiff experts: Dr. Arnold Brody (cell biologist); Dr. Edwin Holstein (Occupational Medicine); and Steve Hays (Industrial Hygienist).
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL ABOUT THE FIRTH CASE CONTACT JESSICA DEAN (214) 276-7680.
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