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 associates Dinesh Dadlani and David Kostus from the firm's Jersey City, New Jersey office. Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer represented the plaintiff.