P.E. O’Hair & Co. Asbestos Pipe Supplier Liable for Northern California Pipefitter’s Mesothelioma

Case Summary
The family of Roy Dale Hopper brought suit against Defendant P.E. O’Hair & Co., a distributor of asbestos-cement pipe, for its negligence and failure to warn of the hazards of the asbestos in its pipe to which Mr. Hopper was exposed while he worked on multiple pipeline projects in the Northern California area from 1960 to 1966, including the Loch Lomond Dam and the California Aqueduct, which brought drinking water and irrigation to Central Valley and Southern California. The jury found that Mr. Hopper’s exposure to the asbestos in P.E. O’Hair’s pipe caused his mesothelioma, from which he passed away in December 2015.

August 14, 2018
$1.1M award
Remaining defendant at verdict: P.E. O’Hair & Co.

Case Information
Case No. RG16815417; Hopper, et al., vs. California Dept. of Water Resources, et al.
Trial length: 4.5 weeks Jury deliberation: 2 days

Alameda County Superior Court, California
Hon. Robert McGuiness, presiding

Plaintiffs Experts (live testimony)
Dr. Arnold Brody, cell biology
Dr. Barry Horn, pulmonology and scientific and medical state of the art
Robert Johnson, forensic economics

Defense Experts (live testimony)
Dr. Eric Gershwin, internal medicine
Dr. William Breall, cardiology
Kathy Jones, industrial hygiene
Dr. David Godwin, radiology
Dr. John Osteraas, civil engineering

Plaintiffs’ Counsel
Waters & Kraus, LLP
Peter A. Kraus (lead attorney), Rachel A. Gross
Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel
Rajeev Mittal

Defense Counsel
Walsworth WFBM, LLP, San Francisco
Robert Nelder, Pamela Stevens


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