WELDING DEFENDANTS WIN ANOTHER MADISON COUNTY
WELDING FUME TRIAL
Jury Finds Plaintiff’s Neurological Condition Not Caused By Welding
Madison County, IL and Washington, DC, November 15, 2006 – John Beisner, attorney for several current and former welding rod manufacturers, today issued the following statement regarding the defense verdict in the Haskell case, which was returned today after a four-week trial in Madison County, Illinois:
“We are extremely pleased that the jury unanimously found that welding rod manufacturers are not responsible for the plaintiff’s ailments. This is the second Madison County jury to return a defense verdict in the last 12 months. The plaintiffs are simply not able to persuade juries with their claims, as evidenced by the fact that juries have returned defense verdicts in 13 of 14 such trials held. The bottom line is, the welding rod manufacturers have always acted responsibly on behalf of welders and these defendants are being unfairly targeted in these suits.
“As this welding fume litigation has progressed, it has become abundantly clear that there is little real substance behind the rhetoric. In the last year, plaintiffs’ counsel have dismissed thousands of their cases, served discovery responses in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding acknowledging that 40% of their clients were never diagnosed with any neurological condition, and have otherwise admitted that 70% of the allegedly sick claimants have never sought medical treatment.
“Even more troublesome is that a number of plaintiffs have misrepresented their symptoms and medical backgrounds. Plaintiffs were forced to drop three of their first five hand-picked federal court trial candidates after it was revealed that one had dramatically exaggerated his symptoms and two others lied about illegal drug use. Unfortunately, rather then being aberrations, these claims appear to be representative of many of the other claims in this litigation.
“There is also a rapidly growing body of sound science rejecting plaintiff’s claims. The most reliable and comprehensive epidemiological studies to be done on this issue continue to show no association between welding and neurological disorders. With both science and the facts on its side, the welding defendants will continue to vigorously defend themselves against these baseless claims.”
Lead defense trial counsel in the Haskell case were Pat Gloor and Stephen P. Ellenbecker of Gloor Law Group LLC. and Jeff Hebrank of Burroughs, Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank & True, LLP.
For additional information about this litigation, please go to www.weldinginfonetwork.com.
Brandy Bergman / Lesley Bogdanow
Citigate Sard Verbinnen
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