In re Bogalusa Chemical Release
Louisiana State Court. Trial counsel for Gaylord Chemical Company in a class action relating to the 1995 chemical release from a railcar on client’s property. After four-month jury trial, won a favorable verdict for client. Before trial, successfully precluded the vast majority of plaintiffs’ expert testimony through Daubert challenges and a two-week evidentiary Daubert hearing.
Robichaux v. Dow Chemical
Louisiana State Court. Trial counsel for Dow Chemical in a groundwater contamination class action involving vinyl chloride. Although Dow had voluntarily agreed with EPA and LDEQ to implement a monitored natural attenuation remedy, plaintiff class sought a $400 million pump and treat remedy. After a phased bench trial lasting over the course of two years, the Court dismissed plaintiffs’ punitive claims and found that Dow’s remedy was adequate and protective of the health and welfare of the class and ordered the posting of a $3.2 million performance bond.
CytoLogix v. Ventana
S. District Court of Massachusetts. Trial counsel for Ventana in antitrust action. After three-week jury trial, achieved complete defense verdict in antitrust case. Eliminated half of plaintiff’s claimed damages on a sidebar objection when noticed that the plaintiff expert had substituted a new schedule of estimated lost sales. Successfully opposed plaintiff’s post-trial motions.
City of Modesto v. Dow Chemical, et al.
Superior Court of California. Trial counsel for Dow Chemical in a groundwater contamination and products liability case involving PCE. Won a complete defense verdict for Dow Chemical after a seven-month jury trial. Prior to case going to the jury, won directed verdict on 29 of the 30 sites for which Plaintiffs sought damages.
Smith v. Union Carbide, et al.
California State Court. Lead trial counsel for Union Carbide in a products liability case. Plaintiff claimed that his mesothelioma was caused by exposure to Union Carbide asbestos. After a multi-week jury trial, complete defense verdict. Jury found no exposure.
Betty Bello v. Dow Chemical
Louisiana State Court. Trial counsel for Dow Chemical in a premises asbestos case. The decedent plaintiff claimed that her peritoneal mesothelioma was caused by take home exposure from Dow’s Louisiana facility. Complete defense verdict and reported as the first defense verdict of its kind in Louisiana. The Court found that plaintiff had failed to prove causation and that plaintiff’s disease was idiopathic.
City of Modesto v. Dow Chemical, et al.
Superior Court of California. Trial counsel for Dow Chemical in a PCE contamination bench trial under California’s Polanco Act. Won a complete defense verdict for Dow.
In re MTBE, U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.
Counsel for BP in nationwide class action. Plaintiff class of private well owners alleged contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE. After full discovery and briefing, the Court denied plaintiffs’ motion for certification.
Adams v. BP Products North America Inc.
North Carolina Superior Court. Lead counsel for BP in products liability and groundwater contamination action involving MTBE. Briefed, argued and won summary judgment for client. The court granted summary judgment based in part on plaintiffs’ expert’s inability to render a valid opinion as to timing of a petroleum release. The court noted that plaintiffs’ expert had originally offered such an opinion, but was then forced to disavow this opinion under cross examination at deposition.
Retsky v. PWC
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Counsel for PWC in a class action securities fraud case. After winning pre-trial motion in federal court, case was arbitrated and settled favorably for client
Briggs & Stratton v. Murray Liquidating Trust
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Counsel for Briggs & Stratton. Brought action for Briggs & Stratton in bankruptcy court against Trustee seeking repayment of monies owed under a transition services agreement. Successfully negotiated a settlement equal in value to damages claimed in pleading.
GATX v. Liberty Mutual Insurance
London Arbitration. Trial counsel for GATX in an insurance coverage suit. Complex coverage case involved question of whether a criminal case in Italy was a civil proceeding under the policy for purposes of defense cost coverage. Evidentiary arbitration that touched on laws and precedent from Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, UK, Bermuda and Italy found in favor of client.
Viareggio Rail Disaster, Italy
Counsel to GATX in multiple phases of criminal and civil litigation involving a 2009 Italian rail disaster in Viareggio, Italy. Train derailed and LPG tanks ignited resulting in 31 fatalities and substantial property damage.
In re Lac-Megantic Rail Disaster
Numerous jurisdictions in Canada and United States. Counsel for World Fuel involving 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic, Canada that resulted in 47 fatalities. Investigated cause and advised client with respect to numerous issues including regulatory issues, third-party claims and indemnification.
In re Swiss Air
Various jurisdictions. Lead counsel for GATX in broad litigation involving partnership, breach of contract and fiduciary claims in multiple suits pending in New York, San Francisco, Cayman Islands and UK jurisdictions. After being brought in as a third party defendant and sued for $250 million, GATX brought a counterclaim and settled after receiving payment.
Brunswick v. Paris Glove
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Trial counsel for Brunswick in contract case. Won summary judgment on eight of nine claims prior to trial. Won motion for new trial and case settled favorably.
TMI v. Gaylord Chemical Company
Louisiana State Court. Trial counsel for Gaylord. Won motion to dismiss third party claim in toxic tort personal injury case relating to 1995 railcar explosion in Bogalusa, Louisiana.
American Steamship Co. v. Oglebay Norton
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Counsel for American Steamship. Brought indemnification action on behalf of American Steamship and achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of the client.
GATX v. IRS
Represented GATX in matter involving disallowance of tax deductions relating to a sale and leaseback transaction. Achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of GATX.
Sikkila v. American Steamship Co.
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Defended American Steamship in a Jones Act case. Achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of client.
United Airlines v. The Secretary of State of Illinois
Circuit Court of Cook County. Represented United Airlines in a franchise tax matter. Obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of client.
GE v. Honeywell
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Counsel for Honeywell. Dispute between Honeywell and General Electric regarding the proper party liable for the tax debts of a company previously owned by both Honeywell and GE. Successfully litigated case that resulted in a very favorable settlement for Honeywell.
Gaylord Chemical Company v. TMI
Louisiana State Court. Trial counsel for Gaylord in this declaratory judgment action seeking to declare Gaylord’s purported indemnification obligation invalid. Briefed, argued and won summary judgment for client. Briefed, argued and won opposition to new trial motion.
Donlyn Distribution, Inc. v. BP Amoco Corp.
U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois. Counsel for BP in this § 1981 discrimination in contracting claim. Briefed and won summary judgment for BP.
Briggs & Stratton v. DeWell
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Counsel for Briggs & Stratton. Briefed, tried and won emergency motion to enjoin defendant from removing Briggs’ property from the United States.
Phillips v. Briggs & Stratton
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Counsel for Briggs & Stratton. Won motion to dismiss in putative nationwide class action consumer fraud and RICO claim.
Rester v. Gaylord
U.S. District Court for Southern District of Mississippi. Counsel for Gaylord. Won motion to dismiss in toxic tort case.
Sowell v. Rohm and Haas
Texas State Court. Counsel for Rohm and Haas in a wrongful death action resulting from a plant accident. After depositions of key witnesses demonstrated that the plaintiff failed to follow clear safety procedures, case settled favorably.
Dunn v. Dow Chemical Company
Texas State Court. Counsel for Dow in a products liability case. After deposition of plaintiff’s expert showed that client’s product could not have been the source of the accident, case settled favorably.
Aguilar v. GATX
S. District Court, C.D.Cal. Counsel for GATX in mass joinder case alleging personal injuries from a train derailment and subsequent explosion and chemical release. Won a motion to dismiss with prejudice.
Various UCC Asbestos Matters
Lead trial counsel for UCC in products liability asbestos cases throughout the country including state and federal courts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Illinois. Prepared up to ten cases per month for trial in Circuit Court of Cook County from August 2014 - February 2015.
Various Dow Asbestos Matters
Lead trial counsel for Dow in premises asbestos cases throughout the country including state and federal courts in Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Michigan, Texas and Washington.