Segal McCambridge Wins Jury Verdict for Defense in New Jersey Wrongful Death Case


March 17, 2010

In a case alleging death from exposure to asbestos and diesel exhaust fumes, a jury in New Jersey Superior Court, Hudson County, returned a verdict yesterday in favor of Segal McCambridge client Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation ("PATH").

The deceased, Alan Olson, a victim of lung cancer, had worked for nearly 20 years as a PATH trackman. He also had a 30-year history as a cigarette smoker. Counsel for the plaintiffs, who had sought a seven-figure settlement before trial, attempted to argue that Mr. Olson's smoking worked in synergy with his alleged asbestos and diesel fume exposure to cause his lung cancer. PATH maintained that Mr. Olson's disease was due solely to his cigarette smoking.

After a three week trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of PATH.

The plaintiffs in the case, Anna Olson, as Administratrix of The Estate of Alan Olson v. Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, were represented by the firm of Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer. The Segal McCambridge team for PATH consisted of Christian Gannon, Dinesh Dadlani, David Kostus and Maria Carlucci.