Caryl Richardson, Individually and as Independent Executrix of the Estate of Willis N. Whisnant, Jr., Deceased, et al vs. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., et al

MehaffyWeber worked with Cotton Schmidt representing E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. in a successful jury trial. This trial focused on the claims of Willis N. Whisnat, Jr., a pipefitter employed by B.F. Shaw, a general contractor. His family alleged that Whisnant developed mesothelioma and died in 1999 at 72 years of age as a result of exposure to asbestos while working for B.F. Shaw at DuPont’s Sabine River Works from 1966 to 1975. DuPont alleged that it was not negligent and not a proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury. The jury found that DuPont was not negligent. The judge granted a new trial and the team filed a mandamus and after multiple challenges on appeal, our team obtained a final judgment in DuPont’s favor.

In re E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., 289 S.W.3d 861 (Tex.2009) (orig. proceeding).

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E. G. Cordts, Jr. v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

MehaffyWeber working with attorney Damond Mace fromSquire, Sanders & Dempsey obtained a successful defense of a landmark $173 million deepwell case for DuPont. Case was reported in many national publications, including the DRI “For the Defense” and the National Law Journal.

More Info: NO. 1:99 CV 0085; for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Beaumont Division

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Lyondell Chemical v. Albermarle Corp.

Paul Heyburn represented several multi-national corporations in a five week trial involving CERCLA cost recovery for a $30,000,000.00+ Superfund site. Mr. Heyburn obtained a finding of no liability for his clients.

More Info: Lyondell Chemical Co., et al, Plaintiffs, v. Albemarle Corp., et al, Defendants, (Doc. 1292) (E.D.Tex. 2007)

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Jose Fragoso v. American Optical Corp.

MehaffyWeber successfully represented the insurance company and set aside a default judgment of over $100 million dollars in a case involving hundreds of silica plaintiffs.

More Info: Jose Fragoso, et. al. v. American Optical Corp., et.al (in the 197th Judicial Court, Cameron Co.)

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Janie Wolf, et al vs. The Dow Chemical Co.

MehaffyWeber represented Dow Chemical Co. and obtained a defense verdict on February 1, 2008. In 1999, Alton Wolf died of lung cancer, at the age of 65. Wolf’s widow and adult children sued Dow for gross negligence, alleging that Mr. Wolf’s cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace and that the workplace was unsafe. Alton Wolf held various jobs, such as a pipefitter and operator from 1952 to 1987 as an employee of The Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport. Dow Chemical contended that it operated its facility in a safe manner, that Mr. Wolf’s asbestos exposure was minimal and his cancer was caused by his smoking history of at least 40 pack-years.

More Info: Janie Wolf, et al vs. The Dow Chemical Co.; Cause Number 16383*BH01, District Court of Texas, 23rd Judicial District, Brazoria County

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Carol J. Wortham Individually and as Independent Administratrix of the Estate of Hugh Wortham, Deceased v. A.C. & S., Inc., et al.

MehaffyWeber obtained a summary judgment on successor liability claims made by personal injury claimant against a Fortune 100 client. The judgment was sustained on appeal.

More Info: Wortham v. Dow Chemical Co., 179 S.W.3rd 189 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2005, no pet.).

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