The firm recently secured a defense verdict in a product liability case in San Francisco Superior Court (Koepke v. Ford Motor Company, et al., Case No. CGC13276217). Plaintiffs, a husband and wife, alleged that the husband was exposed to asbestos in the brakes and clutches of the vehicles in defendant’s vehicle fleet, causing mesothelioma. The firm secured summary adjudication as to plaintiffs’ strict liability claims, and trial proceeded as to plaintiffs’ negligence and concealment claims. After twelve days, the jury found for defendant on all causes of action, and refused to award any damages, including punitive damages, to the plaintiffs.
Partner John Ranucci and associate Maria Lampasona were the trial attorneys.