SST Obtains Directed Verdict in City of St. Louis
On August 31, 2016, Sinars Slowikowski Tomaska partner Doug Sinars secured a directed verdict after a thirteen-day jury trial in the City of St. Louis on behalf of a local industrial supply company. In this “take home” exposure case based on negligence and strict liability, Donna and Jerry Harrison alleged our client sold asbestos-containing automotive brakes and gaskets to a nearby car dealership where Jerry worked as a mechanic. They further alleged that Jerry transported asbestos fibers to his home causing Donna Harrison’s mesothelioma.
The judge granted our client’s motion for directed verdict citing plaintiffs’ lack of sufficient evidence of exposure. Over a week later, the jury reached a defense verdict for the three remaining defendants. Jessica Dean of Dean, Omar and Branham represented the plaintiffs.