Trial Victory in New Jersey: Segal McCambridge Achieves Unanimous Jury Verdict for Client in Multi-Million Dollar Toxic Exposure Case

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February 7, 2013

On February 7, 2013, Segal McCambridge obtained a unanimous jury verdict for the firm's client, Port Authority Trans Hudson Corporation (PATH), in The Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County. The verdict relieves PATH of a potential seven-figure financial burden and concludes three years of litigation.

A former PATH employee, Stephan Petty, alleged he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a rare form of cancer, as a result of his exposures to diesel exhaust, benzene, and other chemicals and solvents over his thirty-year career at PATH. Plaintiff's counsel argued that PATH did not provide a safe workplace to Mr. Petty, and that scientific literature supported the theory that his exposures caused multiple myeloma. Prior to trial, plaintiff's counsel sought a seven-figure settlement demand.  PATH did not make an offer to settle.

After a two-and-a-half week trial, the jury reached a unanimous verdict in favor of PATH, finding that it was not negligent and that it did provide a safe workplace to the plaintiff.

Segal McCambridge Shareholder Christian H. Gannon led the PATH team, with assistance from Dinesh Dadlani of the Jersey City, New Jersey office. Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer represented the plaintiff.