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And then there was one. Union Carbide Corporation, now a unit of The Dow Chemical Company, was the last defendant left standing in the first part of a mass asbestos litigation in the circuit court of Kanawha County, West Virginia. The original consolidated case, involving 8,000 potential plaintiffs and 259 corporate defendants, was split into three groups: products, premises, and deliberate intent. Union Carbide was the only defendant not to settle premises liability claims, and one of three that hadn’t settled product liability claims before the merged products and premises trial began in September in Charleston, West Virginia. In October, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene, a jury found that Union Carbide had exposed workers to asbestos poisoning from 1945 to 1980. The jury also determined that the unit’s calidria products were defective for a small portion of its sales. The findings open the door to millions of dollars in damages, since Union Carbide may now face claims brought by specific plaintiffs who seek to prove exposure through premises or products. A third trial in December will address deliberate intent. Plaintiffs lawyers will try to prove that Union Carbide, Owens-Illinois, Inc., American Electric Power Company, Inc., and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company knowingly harmed their employees’ health. Union Carbide denies any wrongdoing. (Due to space limitations, only the three defendants that hadn’t settled product liability claims are listed below.) For the Plaintiffs n Goldberg, Persky, Jennings & White (Pittsburgh): David Chervenick, Theodore Goldberg, Bruce Mattock, and associates Lee Davis, Aaron DeLuca, Brian Prim, and Jason Shipp. Asbestos expert Goldberg represents about 2,000 potential plaintiffs. n The Segal Law Firm (Charleston, West Virginia): Scott Segal. Segal partners with Goldberg, Persky on West Virginia asbestos cases regularly. n Ness, Motley (Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina): Paul Hulsey and associates Cherie Durand, Scott Galante, Theodore Huge, Anne Kearse, Marlon Kimpson, and E. Claire Xidis. (Galante is in New Orleans.) Ness, Motley is doing the trial work on behalf of four West Virginia firms that represent roughly 6,000 plaintiffs. n Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis (Washington, D.C.): Christopher Wright and associate Timothy Simeone. Wright, a former assistant solicitor general, was called in to provide counsel on the Supreme Court appeal. For defendant Union Carbide Corporation, now owned by The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan) n Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (San Francisco): Peter Bicks, James Stengel, Laurie Strauch Weiss, and associates Morton Dubin, Siobhan Handley, Michael Legg, and Barrie Rosenberg. (All are in the firm’s New York office.) The firm worked on the product liability case. Bicks is national counsel. n Alston & Bird (Atlanta): J. Kennard Neal, Elizabeth Price, Bernard Taylor, Jane Thorpe, and associate Scott Elder. The firm worked with Orrick on product liability. n Hawkins & Parnell (Atlanta): Elliot Hicks and Albert Parnell. (Hicks is in the Charleston, West Virginia, office.) The firm, which specializes in asbestos defense, focused on premises liability. For defendant Mobil Corporation, now Exxon Mobil Corporation (Irving, Texas) n Abrams Scott & Bickley (Houston): Robert Scott, Jr. n Farmer, Cline & Arnold (Charleston, West Virginia): James Arnold, Stephen Farmer, and G. Kenneth Robertson. n Willcox & Savage (Norfolk, Virginia): Bruce Bishop and of counsel Joyce Wood. Bishop specializes in the medical aspects of asbestos. n O’Melveny & Myers (Los Angeles): Walter Dellinger. Dellinger, a former solicitor general, argued for Mobil before the Supreme Court. He is based in the firm’s D.C. office. For defendant Amchem Products, Inc., now defunct n Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba (Philadelphia): Michael Block and Edward Wilbraham. n Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw (Chicago): Herbert Zarov, counsel Gary Isaac and Karen Prena, and associates Daniel Ring and Craig Woods.

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