A Win for a New Orleans Mesothelioma Victim
On Friday October 7, 2016, a New Orleans jury returned a $12 million verdict against Ameron International, and others, for the asbestos related mesothelioma that took the life of Donald Mueller and left behind his widow and daughter.
After a two week trial, during which the jury heard from world renowned asbestos experts Dr. Richard Lemen (a former Assistant United States Surgeon General), Dr. Richard Kradin (pathologist) and Dr. William Longo (materials scientist), the jury found that Ameron’s asbestos containing Bondstrand Pipe was a substantial contributing factor in causing Donald Mueller’s mesothelioma and death. Ameron called no witnesses in its defense.
According to lead counsel, Mesothelioma Attorney, Rick Nemeroff, of the Nemeroff Law Firm, “the jury got it right when they found that Ameron should be held responsible for putting asbestos product sales ahead of research, testing and warning. It’s a shameful tragedy that Donald Mueller didn’t live to see his day in court and to receive the justice he deserved – and while his widow and daughter were there to receive the verdict, it was a cold feeling without Donald present.”
Donald Mueller was diagnosed with asbestos related mesothelioma in October 2015 after being exposed to asbestos beginning in the 1950’s, until the early 1980’s while working at a variety of locations in Louisiana. Donald lost his battle with mesothelioma in January 2016, just days shy of his 90th birthday, leaving behind his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Pam.
This $12 million dollar verdict is the latest positive result in New Orleans by Rick Nemeroff, his law firm and his co-counsel, Landry and Swarr –the last two mesothelioma verdicts obtained by Rick and his team were for $12 million and $7.5 million.
American Association of Justice Member Group Welcomes Nemeroff Law Firm Member
The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) welcomed Ellen Presby of the nationally-recognized Nemeroff Law Firm as co-chair of the group’s education committee, recognizing her leadership and dedication to the advancement of women in trial law.
The Caucus provides an arena for women trial lawyers to learn from one another, offering networking events, CLE courses, awards and leadership opportunities. The group includes any female lawyer in good standing with AAJ and boasts a membership of more than 3,000.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have the combined wisdom, experience and enthusiasm of this group to help propel the women of AAJ into the spotlight,” said Lori Andrus, chair-elect for the caucus. “The Caucus needs to ensure that we are connecting the women of AAJ to the National College of Advocacy, litigation groups, sections, and influential AAJ leaders who can help us match speaking opportunities with qualified women trial lawyers. Under this leadership, I know we will succeed.”
With nearly three decades of litigation experience, Presby is a sought-after speaker, a proven trial lawyer and a valued member of the nationally recognized Nemeroff Law Firm. Among her many recognitions, Presby was named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Texas by Law & Politics Media, and Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. She has served as co-chair of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, the Boards of Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Public Justice Foundation.
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to represent The Nemeroff Law Firm and work with the Women’s Caucus to enhance AAJ’s education arm,” Presby said.
More than 50 Speakers and 500 Attendees Set to Explore Current Trends Driving Asbestos Litigation at the 2013 National Overview & Outlook
Rick Nemeroff, owner of The Nemeroff Law Firm and leading representative of mesothelioma victims, was selected to return as co-chair and moderator for the 2013 Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook. The event gives thought leaders in the asbestos field an opportunity to discuss how trends in litigation may impact future cases.
The event, hosted by Perrin Conferences, brings asbestos insurance, legal, corporate and scientific leaders together to review the direction and climate of asbestos litigation. Topics for discussion include emerging and specialized claims, recent verdicts, decisions and events, as well as strategies on litigating cases in particular states and leading jurist’s perspectives.
“We’re proud to have Rick Nemeroff chair our National Asbestos Conference once again,” said Lynnsey Perrin, founder of Perrin Conferences. “Rick’s vast experience in this highly competitive field and enviable record of results place him at the forefront of asbestos litigation.”
Practicing since 1993, Nemeroff has established himself as a leading trial lawyer, combining compassion with aggressive litigation skills to fight for individuals and families who have been harmed by the actions of negligent corporations. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter for all aspects of asbestos litigation.
“I’m honored to return as co-chair and moderator for this year’s conference,” said Nemeroff. “It’s a great opportunity for us, as representatives of victims and their families, to discuss industry and legal developments and what those might mean for our clients.”
Established in 2009, the National Asbestos Litigation Conference offers a vibrant and open forum to help attendees understand the trends currently driving asbestos litigation and what the future will present. The conference will be hosted at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Sept. 16-18.
NEW ORLEANS – The Dallas-based Nemeroff Law Firm is announcing a verdict on behalf of a Louisiana man who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma following decades of working around asbestos-containing materials at two manufacturing plants.
Orleans Parish jurors deliberated for half a day on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, before returning the verdict in favor of 66-year-old Thomas M. Kenney of St. Tammany Parish. Jurors agreed that defendants Rexam Beverage Can Company (formerly American Can) and asbestos product manufacturers John Crane Inc. and Haveg Inc. were negligent and responsible for exposing Mr. Kenney to dangerous levels of asbestos.
The jury found that Mr. Kenney, a Slidell resident, was exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos fibers while he worked at an American Can facility in New Orleans between 1964 and 1976, and while working as a pipefitter and machinist for Tenneco in Chalmette between 1977 and 1988. John Crane Inc. made and supplied asbestos gaskets and Haveg Inc. supplied asbestos-containing piping to Tenneco while Mr. Kenney was employed there.
Mr. Kenney, who is married with three grown children, was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in July 2010. Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer caused exclusively by asbestos exposure.
“Thomas Kenney worked as a loyal and valuable employee who deserved to be able to do his job in a safe environment with warnings on the products he handled,” says his attorney Rick Nemeroff, co-founder of Nemeroff Law Firm. “This is an important verdict that will go a long way to helping make sure that Mr. Kenney and his family can get the support they need to deal with his grave health problems.”
The trial team representing Mr. Kenney was led by Mr. Nemeroff and firm trial attorney Barrett Naman, as well as local counsel Mickey Landry and Frank Swarr of New Orleans-based Landry & Swarr.
With offices in Dallas, Houston and Pittsburgh, the experienced trial attorneys of the Nemeroff Law Firm fight for individuals and families who have suffered from harmful pharmaceuticals, mesothelioma, and catastrophic personal injuries or death as a result of the wrongful or negligent conduct of others. The firm secured two of Pennsylvania’s largest courtroom awards in 2010, according to The Legal Intelligencer. For more information, visit www.nemerofflaw.com.
For more information about the verdict, please contact Robert Tharp at 800.559.4534 or Robert@androvett.com.
Presby to Discuss Science and Chemistry Behind the Law
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has invited attorney Ellen Presby of the nationally recognized Nemeroff Law Firm to speak at the organization’s Plaintiff-Only GranuFlo and Dialysis Products Seminar in New York City on Dec. 12, 2013. The seminar will offer legal developments, industry updates and trial techniques for cases involving the most widely-prescribed dry acid product in the dialysis industry today.
Presby, a trial attorney with Dallas-based Nemeroff Law Firm, was asked to speak during the Medical and Scientific Overview of GranuFlo Cases. The session will provide a generic overview of the process and mechanics of dialysis machines, an understanding of the science and chemistry of GranuFlo and the negative impacts experienced by patients.
“It’s essential for attorneys to understand the science behind these cases,” Presby said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with this type of litigation.”
With nearly three decades of trial experience, Presby is a sought-after speaker and will also be moderating a portion of the upcoming AAJ 2014 Winter Convention. She holds multiple legal victories against major corporations, including a role in a $1.275 billion pharmaceutical class action settlement, and was recently appointed to the plaintiff’s steering committee for a major multidistrict pharmaceutical litigation. She specializes in personal injury and product liability cases and stands at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical law and trial techniques.
Presby has been listed as one of National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers from 2007 to 2012, a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2003 and was named one of the top 50 female lawyers in Texas by Law & Politics Media and Texas Monthly magazine in 2004. She has served as Co- Chair of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, and on the Boards of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Public Justice Foundation, and the Dallas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.