Two separate Seattle juries awarded back-to-back verdicts to mesothelioma victims in cases involving exposure to asbestos products.
On September 4, 2019, Estate of Henry Eisler won a verdict of $425,000 against Alcoa in a premises liability claim arising out of the Alcoa aluminum plant in Wenatchee, Washington. Henry Eisler performed metalwork from the 1960s-1980s as an outside contractor at the Alcoa aluminum smelter in Wenatchee. During this period, he was exposed to asbestos and was never warned of the hazards or provided respiratory protection. Mr. Eisler was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017 and died several months later. Following a three-week trial before King County Superior Court Judge Keenan, Alcoa was held liable for maintaining an unsafe premise that caused plaintiff's cancer.
On September 14, 2019, Douglas and Diane Everson were awarded $4.25 million against Lone Star Industries in a case involving exposure to asbestos products by King County jury. Doug Everson worked at Lockheed Shipyard on Harbor Island as a marine electrician in the early 1970s. Everson was exposed to asbestos products at the shipyard and diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in early 2019 at the age of 80. Plaintiffs' attorney sued Lone Star and several other companies who manufactured or supplied asbestos products to Lockheed Shipyard. All the claims against other defendants were settled, and following a three-week trial against Lone Star, the jury awarded $1.5 million to Doug Everson and $2.75 million to his wife Diane.