Firm Wins Toxic Tort Mass Joinder Jury Trial

April 09, 2010

The first case chosen for trial by approximately 500 claimants in a mass joinder suit against a Pineville, Louisiana wood treating facility was successfully defended last month by a Gold Weems trial team led by Raymond L. Brown, Jr. and Edward E. Rundell.

The injuries claimed by the family of four included premature birth and birth defects of one child, organic brain damage of both children as well as multiple physical problems and increased risk of cancer for the entire family.  In addition to significant past medical expenses and general damage claims, the plaintiffs offered multi-million dollar life care plans and loss of earning capacity claims for both children.

After three weeks of trial, the 9th Judicial District Court jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before returning a unanimous verdict on all four claims in favor of the defendants, Colfax Treating Company, LLC and Roy O. Martin Lumber Company, LLC.  Sam N. Poole, Jr., Lottie L. Bash and Stephen A. LaFleur played critical and instrumental roles on the Firm’s trial team, which was ably supported by Annalynn S. McDermott and the Brown paralegal group.