Jury Unanimously Rejects Plaintiff’s Claims

Cleveland, Ohio and Washington DC, March 25, 2010 –John Beisner, partner in the Washington office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and attorney for several current and former welding consumable manufacturers, today issued the following statement regarding the unanimous verdict in favor of the defendant, Hobart Brothers Company, in the Arroyo case, which was returned today after a week and a half long trial in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division:       

“We are gratified that this Cleveland jury unanimously rejected plaintiff’s claims and returned a verdict for the defense. Today’s verdict makes it abundantly clear that plaintiffs’ claims in the welding fume litigation have no merit. Ensuring the health and safety of welders has always been a top priority of the defendants, and today’s decision confirms that the defendants have been unfairly targeted in these baseless lawsuits.

“The long list of defense verdicts and dismissals suggests that this litigation is fading fast.  Plaintiffs have dismissed thousands of claims in the MDL, and recently dismissed more than two-thirds of the MDL cases they had previously certified as trial-worthy.

“The welding consumable manufacturers are confident they will ultimately prevail in the remaining cases, and will continue to try those cases not dismissed on other grounds.” 

Michael Ulmer and Jim Crongeyer of Watkins & Eager, and John Sheffer of the Sheffer Law Firm, PLLC represented the defendant at trial.

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Brandy Bergman / Lesley Bogdanow
Sard Verbinnen & Co



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