Jury Awards $1.9 Million; Defense Expert Admits Mis-Citation During Trial

SAN FRANCISCO - A California jury has awarded $1.9 million to a plaintiff who alleged that chrysotile asbestos caused his peritoneal mesothelioma. Garcia, et al. v. Duro Dyne Corp., et al., No. 418098 (Calif. Super. Ct., San Francisco Cty.).

Sources said the San Francisco Superior Court jury reached the verdict on Nov. 18 after a four-week trial, during which defense expert Dr. Andrew Churg, a pathologist from Vancouver, British Columbia, admitted that a citation in one of his textbooks was inaccurate.

Sources reported that Churg acknowledged that a sentence on page 289 in the First Edition of his textbook Pathology …


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