Ross, et al v. A.O. Smith Corporation, et al

$6.8M awarded in a Massachusetts mesothelioma trial to the family of a Boston letter carrier who was exposed to asbestos in high school

Case Summary
A Boston jury has handed down a verdict of $6.8 million dollars to the family of a local postal worker against New England Insulation (NEI). Timothy Ross, who worked as a part-time insulator when he was in middle and high school and for several years as a young man, was exposed to asbestos dust while repairing and replacing asbestos insulation on boilers, hot water tanks, and pipes in the Boston area. As a result, Mr. Ross was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in late 2012 and died from his disease nine months later. This is the second asbestos verdict against NEI in Massachusetts within a week that Plaintiffs’ counsel has obtained.

September 29, 2017
$6.8 million total award

Case Information
Civil Action No.  13-5580; Ross et al v. New England Insulation Company
Trial length: 7 days     Deliberation Length: 7 hours

Middlesex County Superior Court, Common Wealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Heidi E. Brieger, presiding

Plaintiffs Experts
David Christiani, MD, MPH occupational doctor

Defense Experts
Kyle Dotson, CIH from northern CA

Plaintiffs’ Counsel
Waters & Kraus, LLP (Dallas)

Thornton Law Firm (Boston) (co-counsel)

  • Andrew Wainwright and Andrea Marino Landry

Defense Counsel

  • Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith (Boston, Hartford)
    Chris Tauro and Chris Sanetti


Disclaimer – Results obtained depend on the facts of each case. Award amounts are not actual cash amounts received by plaintiffs. Deductions are made for offsets, liens, attorney fees and expenses.

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