Toxic Tort Litigation

Partly as a result of their work as national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer of respiratory protection products, Roy Atwood and Kathryn Gameros have been very involved in defending clients from toxic tort claims. Roy and Kathryn were intimately involved in the hearing conducted by Judge Janis Jack in federal court in Corpus Christi that led to her famous order wherein she stated the diagnoses in the silicosis cases before her were “driven by neither health nor justice” but rather were “manufactured for money.” Of course, not every toxic tort case lacks foundation to the same extent as those before Judge Jack. Roy and Kathryn have defended claims involving exposure to cadmium, beryllium, asbestos, benzene and other contaminants.

Specialty Products and Bondex International seek bankruptcy protection -
represented Specialty Products Holding Corp. and Bondex International, Inc. in connection with valuing asbestos liabilities in their chapter 11 cases, which were commenced in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on May 31, 2010

Textron successfully defends respirator product liability claims -
successfully defended respirator manufacturer Textron, Inc. in product liability litigation brought by over 50 plaintiffs who had worked at diatomaceous earth mines in Lompoc, California

Brush Wellman wins complete defense verdict in beryllium exposure action by workers at Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility -
successfully defended Brush Wellman Inc. from beryllium exposure claims filed by workers at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility in Golden, Colorado

U.S. Silica wins defense verdict in silicosis case -
successfully defended U.S. Silica Company against silica exposure claims filed by workers at Tyler Pipe, obtaining a defense jury verdict