Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, a Professional Law Corporation, is pleased to announce that the firm’s June 5, 2013 jury verdict which completed the award to plaintiffs Rose-Marie and Martin Grigg of $27,342,500 in damages for Mrs. Grigg’s asbestos-caused malignant mesothelioma made The National Law Journal's list of Top 100 Verdicts for 2013. The case placed 74 out of 100 nationally and 12th out of 100 nationwide among personal injury/products liability cases brought on behalf of individuals. (Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG12629580)
According to court documents, Mrs. Grigg was exposed to asbestos in the course of shaking out and washing her former husband’s work clothing. Mrs. Grigg’s then husband was an insulator for a company that used Owens-Illinois, Inc. Kaylo brand insulation products from 1950-1958.
Mrs. and Mr. Grigg were represented by Kazan Law attorneys Joseph D. Satterley, Andrea Huston, Ryan Harris and Michael Stewart.
According to court documents, evidence introduced during trial showed that Owens-Illinois, Inc. knew that asbestos exposure could cause death as early as the 1930s and that test results on Kaylo showed that exposure to the asbestos in the product could cause fatal disease.
“If we live in a society where product manufacturers are not held responsible for products once those products leave their possession, the world we live in is a dangerous place,” Kazan Law partner Joseph D. Satterley said to the jury when he asked them to find justice for Mrs. and Mr. Grigg.
The jury awarded Mrs. Grigg $12,000,000 in damages for her pain and suffering, Mr. Grigg $4,000,000 in damages for his loss of consortium, and $342,500 in economic damages. The jury also levied an $11,000,000 punitive damages verdict against Owens-Illinois, Inc.