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Weitz & Luxenberg
Best known for its national asbestos work, New York's Weitz & Luxenberg is a 55-attorney firm founded in 1986 by Arthur Luxenberg and Perry Weitz. Partner Robert J. Gordon is its chief trial lawyer. Branching out into mass torts, Weitz & Luxenberg has filed more than 13,000 cases against Bayer Corp. over its failed cholesterol drug Baycol.
Croteau v. Consolidated Edison Inc. (New York Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct. 2003), lead counsel—Michael Roberts and Jerry Kristal. The plaintiff, who developed mesothelioma while working as a boiler maker, sued New York's Con Edison power company and Long Island's now-defunct Long Island Lighting Co. The jury awarded him $47 million.
Brown v. Honeywell Corp. (New York Co., N.Y., Sup. Ct. 2002), lead counsel—Michael Roberts and Jerry Kristal. The plaintiff died from cancer linked to asbestos he was exposed to while working for an automotive brake manufacturer. The jury awarded him $53.5 million.
Williams v. A.C. and S. Inc. (New York Co. Sup. Ct. 2001), lead counsel—Robert J. Gordon. The plaintiffs, who have all died, were nine mesothelioma victims. The reverse-bifurcated trial featured a damages phase followed by a liability apportionment phase. Individual awards, issued in July 2001, ranged from $7.2 million to $18.18 million. The total was $111.61 million.
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