Multi-Million Dollar Asbestos Verdict

Golik v. CBS Corp et al., Multnomah County Case No. 1308-11192

This was a wrongful death case filed by the widow – Ms. Golik – of a man who died from mesothelioma.  As the personal representative and in her individual capacity, she alleged that her late husband was exposed to asbestos at the facilities of the various defendants during his career as an insulator.   She alleged that the companies exercised control over the work being performed and breached their duty to the independent contractors as invitees. Therefore defendants are not immune from liability to independent contractors as they usually would be.

The various defendants argued that they did not retain control of work being performed at their facilities or breach their duties to invitees.  Thus, because Mr. Golik was an independent contractor, they are immune from liability.  They also argued that the exposure was not a substantial factor in his acquiring mesothelioma.

Local Plaintiff’s Counsel – Jeffrey Mutnick

Local Defense Counsel –  Eliot Harris, Howard Hall, Daniel Ruttenberg, James Gidley, Mark Fucile, Daniel Reising

Verdict –  $3,957,672.70

Date –  December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014

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