David C. Marshall Receives Defense Verdict in South Carolina Trial
May 27, 2011 (Greenville, SC) – David C. Marshall received a defense verdict on May 27 after a two week trial in Greenville, South Carolina on behalf of a national building products manufacturer sued for wrongful death as a result of asbestos exposure. Plaintiff, a siding contractor, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, and died at the age of 58, leaving a spouse and two children. Plaintiff originally sued several defendants, all of which settled or were dismissed prior to trial, leaving Hawkins Parnell & Young's client as the sole remaining defendant. Plaintiff called eleven witnesses and alleged that the decedent worked with products sold by the client; the Defendant presented evidence that it never manufactured or sold this type of product. The settlement demand prior to and during trial was over one million dollars. At closing argument, plaintiff's counsel asked the jury to award over 24 million dollars in medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The jury deliberated approximately two hours before returning a defense verdict.