Oakland, CA and Washington DC, February 11, 2009 – John Beisner, attorney for several current and former welding consumable manufacturers, today issued the following statement regarding the defense verdict in the Thomas case, which was returned today in the Superior Court of California for the County of Alameda:

“This defense verdict, like the numerous others that have preceded it, demonstrates the overall lack of merit of these welding fume cases.  This California jury, which returned a defense verdict after less than half a day of deliberation, adds to the growing list of juries across the county – in both federal and state court – who continue to hear plaintiffs’ claims and reject them.  The jury’s finding that welding fumes did not cause the plaintiff’s injury supports what these defendants have always contended:  there is simply no link whatsoever between welding fumes and Parkinson’s disease.

“Notably, this entire litigation has been marked by thousands of dismissals and numerous frauds.  Since January 2006, plaintiffs have moved to dismiss thousands of cases in the multidistrict litigation (“MDL”) proceeding, nearly 60% of their claims, and the total number of cases pending against the welding defendants has dropped by over 50%.  The plaintiffs were also forced to dismiss five trial-ready cases due to outright fraud, three of which plaintiffs themselves had selected for trial in the MDL because they believed them to be their strongest.

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

Bruce Hurley of King & Spalding LLP and Steve Blitch of Reed Smith LLP represented the defendants in this case.

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Brandy Bergman / Lesley Bogdanow
Sard Verbinnen & Co



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