EGHB attorneys won summary judgment in a personal injury case venued in Alameda County that was set for a fast-tracked “preference” trial only six months after the complaint was served. The plaintiff claimed he developed malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lung, as a result of his exposure to asbestos over the course of his career. EGHB’s client, the sole remaining defendant, manufactured a roofing mastic which the plaintiff allegedly used to repair his employer’s roof. EGHB moved for summary judgment, arguing that the plaintiff could not establish the element of causation to support his claims. The plaintiff opposed, claiming the evidence supported both causation and punitive damages.
The court granted EGHB’s motion, finding there was no evidence the plaintiff’s use of roofing mastic resulted in the release of respirable asbestos fibers. EGHB Partner Jeremy Huie drafted the motion papers, and Partner Joseph Adams delivered the oral argument.
This outstanding result shows the skill with which EGHB attorneys defend their clients by defeating unmeritorious claims prior to trial. EGHB attorneys have a strong record of achieving favorable outcomes for clients by winning motions for summary judgment, obtaining greatly reduced settlements, and trying cases to defense verdict.