Ross, et al v. A.O. Smith Corporation, et al

$6.8M awarded in a Massachusetts mesothelioma trial to the family of a Boston letter carrier who was exposed to asbestos in high school

Case Summary
A Boston jury has handed down a verdict of $6.8 million dollars to the family of a local postal worker against New England Insulation (NEI). Timothy Ross, who worked as a part-time insulator when he was in middle and high school and for several years as a young man, was exposed to asbestos dust while repairing and replacing asbestos insulation on boilers, hot water tanks, and pipes in the Boston area. As a result, Mr. Ross was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in late 2012 and died from his disease nine months later. This is the second asbestos verdict against NEI in Massachusetts within a week that Plaintiffs’ counsel has obtained.

Verdict
September 29, 2017
$6.8 million total award

Case Information
Civil Action No.  13-5580 Ross et al v. New England Insulation Company
Trial length: 7 days     Deliberation Length: 7 hours

Jurisdiction
Middlesex County Superior Court, Common Wealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Heidi E. Brieger, presiding

Plaintiffs Experts

  • David Christiani, MD, MPH occupational doctor

Defense Experts

  • Kyle Dotson, CIH from northern CA

Plaintiffs’ Counsel
Waters & Kraus, LLP (Dallas)

Thornton Law Firm (Boston) (co-counsel)

  • Andrew Wainwright and Andrea Marino Landry

Defense Counsel

  • Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith (Boston, Hartford)
    Chris Tauro and Chris Sanetti

 

Disclaimer – Results obtained depend on the facts of each case. Award amounts are not actual cash amounts received by plaintiffs. Deductions are made for offsets, liens, attorney fees and expenses.

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