Our Key Wins
We have achieved many significant victories in mesothelioma settlements and verdicts for our clients. Here are just a few settlements and verdicts that illustrate our track record of success. Altogether BOUL has negotiated more than $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for its Pacific Northwest clients.
Our client worked for Ameron’s Bondstrand factory in Brea, California, for four months in 1974 as was exposed to crocidolite asbestos fibers.
A patient of Dr. Kristine Brecht at Aesthetic Rejuvenation & Spa in Burien, WA was a victim of botched cosmetic surgeries due to the lack of Brecht’s proper credentials, training, and skills.
Our client worked as a laborer for Zidell Dismantling in the Port Industrial Yard of Tacoma where he was exposed to asbestos containing insulation removed during the dismantling of former Navy ships.
Verdict for a 79-Year old mesothelioma victim and his wife based on World War II era take-home exposures
He was exposed to asbestos as an electrician in the United States Navy and at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington
She was exposed to asbestos products from her father who worked in telephone line maintenance at Pacific Northwest Bell, now known as CenturyLink.
Our client worked at Atlas Foundry in Tacoma, Washington where he was exposed to asbestos containing insulation materials used in metal molds and to talc products.
Volkswagen Group of America and Volkswagen AG found liable for the mesothelioma death of Spokane man; Jury Awards $5.75 million in damages to BOUL Client
Verdict holds the automaker accountable under product liability law for exposure to asbestos and resulting mesothelioma death.
SPOKANE, Wash. – December 21, 2022 –A King County Jury has found Volkswagen AG of Germany and its Americansubsidiary Volkswagen Group of America liable for exposing Thomas Sorrentino to carcinogenic asbestos through his work as an auto mechanic at United Volkswagen in Spokane, Wash., awarding the now-deceased plaintiff and his son, Johnathan, $5.75 million in damages. The jury awarded $5 million to the estate of Mr. Sorrentino, with $750k going to his son.
From 1972 to 1975, Thomas Sorrentino worked as an auto mechanic at the Spokane-based dealership replacing brakes and clutches on Volkswagen vehicles that exposed him to asbestos-containing friction material that many decades later led to his mesothelioma diagnosis. Mr. Sorrentino was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November of 2020, and passed from his illness in February of 2021, just a few days after he gave his deposition for the case.
“While nothing can bring back Mr. Sorrentino nor truly compensate him for the unnecessary pain and suffering he endured as a result of his exposure to asbestos and ensuing diagnosis of mesothelioma, today’s verdict offers some amount of accountability for the harm caused by Volkswagen Group of America and its parent company Volkswagen AG of Germany,” said Chandler H. Udo, Mr. Sorrentino’s attorney and managing partner of the law firm Bergman Oslund Udo Little.
As part of the process of replacing brakes, Mr. Sorrentino used an Ammco grinding machine to arc the brakes to fit the drum. The grinding process caused asbestos dust to be released into the air. He also used an air compressor to blow the dust off the brake drum. Using the air compressor would also throw a plume of brake dust into the air, exposing him to harmful asbestos. At the time of Mr. Sorrentino’s exposure, Volkswagen AG was testing for asbestos at its factories in Germany, providing protection to its own employees, but not American mechanics like Mr. Sorrentino.
Volkswagen conceded that it placed no warnings regarding asbestos on its replacement brakes, on brake boxes or in any circulars or bulletins from 1972-1975. Because of Volkswagen’s failure to warn, Mr. Sorrentino had no chance to protect himself from asbestos dust when he performed automotive work at United.
He worked as a painter’s helper onboard the USS Ranger at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from 1975 to 1976.
He was exposed to asbestos when working onboard ships at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco, California and at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.
He was exposed to asbestos from his father worked as a pipefitter at Todd and Lockheed Shipyards and carried asbestos home on his clothing and person.
He was exposed to asbestos while working as an electrician for St. Regis Paper Mill in Tacoma and at the Lockheed shipyard in Seattle.
He was exposed to asbestos insulation while working at shipyards in Seattle in the 1960s and 70s. (King County, WA, 2019)
He was exposed to asbestos at Bethlehem Steel in Seattle and had “take-home” exposure to asbestos from his father who worked as a pipefitter.
He worked as a water worker for the Cedar River Water Sewer District.
He worked as an electrician onboard numerous ships while working at Todd Shipyard in Seattle.
She was exposed to asbestos from household construction projects and from the asbestos brought home from Alcoa Wenatchee Works on her grandfather’s work clothes.
He was exposed to asbestos at various jobsites in Western Washington, including University of Washington Health Sciences and Medical Center, Hiawatha Community Center, King County District Court, and Pacific Northwest Bell.
He was exposed to asbestos products used or disturbed while the ferries were being maintained or repaired in shipyards, including Todd and Lockheed Shipyards in Seattle.
He worked as a water department worker for the City of Walla Walla.
He worked as a pipefitter at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington.
He was a lifelong mechanic and worked for the Snohomish County PUD in Everett.
He was exposed to asbestos containing gaskets, packing and insulation as a boiler operator while serving in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1977 and at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
He worked as an insulator onboard numerous ships at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and various other shipyards from 1945 to 1967.
He was exposed to asbestos while working at Crown Zellerbach in Portland, Oregon, at an Alcoa Aluminum Plant; and as a delivery driver and stocker at a NAPA store.
He was exposed to asbestos in Portland, Oregon when he worked on his own home remodeling projects. He worked with drywall, joint compound and sheetrock panels.
He was exposed to asbestos as a senior plant engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Facility.