Parker and Bernard Obtain Defense Verdict in Alameda County, California

Posted on Friday, 25 September 2015

After a seven-week trial in Oakland, California, HP Partners James Parker and Randy Bernard obtained a defense verdict on September 22, 2015 for HP’s client, a supplier of brakes and automotive parts, in a living mesothelioma case. Plaintiffs asked the jury to award over $30 million against HP’s client and four other defendants.

Plaintiff Steve Swasey, a career automotive mechanic and former Navy engineman, had sued over 30 defendants.  Eleven defendants remained when the jury trial commenced on July 27, 2015, and by the time of the verdict only four defendants remained - a brake lining manufacturer, a vehicle manufacturer and its national distributor, a brake supplier, and an arcing machine manufacturer.

Mr. Swasey was a career auto mechanic, starting in the late 1950s and until he retired in 2006. In the mid-1960s, Mr. Swasey served in the U.S. Navy as an engineman on board a diesel powered ship and stood fire watch aboard the ship during a six-month FRAM overhaul at Long Beach Naval Shipyard.

The 11-man and one-woman jury deliberated two and-a-half days before returning a defense verdict for all five remaining defendants, including HP's client.

Case No:  RG15-758585; Steve and Virginia Swasey v. Asbestos Companies, et al.

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