Saller, et al. v. Crown, Cork & Seal Company, Inc.

Case Fact Sheet

After overcoming years of impossible setbacks, the widow of a mesothelioma victim is awarded justice for her husband’s quiet suffering

Case Summary

The Sallers’ asbestos lawsuit was originally tried in 2007 and received a defense verdict, however, plaintiffs overturned the ruling on appeal. The case was retried and the jury awarded Donna Saller and her daughters $8.6 million on behalf of Mrs. Saller’s husband, William “Bill” Saller, who died of mesothelioma. Mr. Saller contracted mesothelioma from his work around Mundet thermal insulation at Standard Oil in El Segundo, California. Crown, Cork & Seal is responsible by merger for Mundet and was the only defendant at trial.


December 13, 2013
$8,666,000 total award:
$516,000 economic damages;
$4,550,000 non-economic damages;
$3,600,000 punitive damages
Liability: Mundet/Crown, Cork & Seal Company, Inc., 30%


Plaintiffs overcame an initial defense verdict on appeal and eventually received a verdict in their favor.
Verdict in favor of plaintiff with bystander exposure against Mundet/ Crown, Cork & Seal, a difficult defendant.

Case Information

Cause No. BC342363 Saller, et al. v. Crown, Cork & Seal Company, Inc.
Trial length: 17 days Deliberation length: 2 days damages; 1.5 hours punitives


Los Angeles County Superior Court, California
Hon. Anthony J. Mohr, presiding

Plaintiffs Experts (live testimony)

Barry Castleman, Sc.D., State of the Art
David T. Fractor, Ph.D., Economist
Arnold R. Brody, M.D., General Medicine
Barry Horn, M.D., Medical Doctor
Susan Raterman, CIH, Industrial Hygienist

Defense Experts (live testimony)

Francis W. Wier, Ph.D., Industrial Hygienist
Dorsett Smith, M.D., Medical Doctor

Plaintiffs’ Counsel

Waters Kraus & Paul – LOS ANGELES
Scott L. Frost (lead trial counsel), R. Walker Humphrey, II

Defense Counsel – Mundet/Crown, Cork & Seal

Armstrong & Associates – OAKLAND
William H. Armstrong

Morris Polich & Purdy – LOS ANGELES
Penelope M. Deihl

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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