William Patchen v. A.W. Chesterton, et al.
Claire Weglarz won a complete defense verdict on behalf of a national supplier of gaskets and packing in a lung cancer case pending in Los Angeles Superior Court. Plaintiff alleged exposure to asbestos from packing materials associated with his 30 years as a pump repairman for the Crescenta Valley Water District and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Defendant presented expert testimony that Plaintiff’s extensive smoking history was solely responsible for his lung cancer and that Plaintiff’s cumulative exposure to asbestos was insufficient to have caused his disease. The case was tried over a 5-week period before the Honorable Malcolm Mackey.