Steve Kirsch and Anissa Mediger won a jury verdict for Conwed Corporation in a closely watched asbestos trial. Joyce M. Johnston, 77, developed a rare cancer often attributed to exposure to asbestos. She claimed that she was exposed to asbestos fibers while laundering her husband’s work clothing during the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Johnston asked the jury for $20 million in damages. The sole remaining defendants were Conwed, the husband's employer, and an asbestos fiber supplier.
Kirsch and Mediger presented evidence that the potential hazard of such 'take-home' exposure was not well known in the industry at that time. A Ramsey County jury agreed, and found that neither Conwed, nor the supplier were negligent. Johnston v. A.W. Kuettel & Sons Inc., et al., No. 62-cv-097703 (Minn. 2nd Jud. Dist Ct., Ramsey Cty.).
Steve and Anissa have developed a national reputation for defending high stakes asbestos across the country, and their work was recently highlighted by The Defense Research Institute at http://www.imakenews.com/dri/e_article001706925.cfm?x=bgK4ywy,b1hQ3BV7.