Product Liability/Wrongful Death - Silicosis
Mr. Cherry represented a manufacturer of safety equipment in a case in which the original plaintiff was a shipyard worker with confirmed silicosis who eventually died of respiratory failure. The personal injury claim was successfully eliminated by developing and obtaining on appeal a precedent-setting statute of limitations defense. This left the wrongful death claims of six relatives which were tried to a jury for 10 days, challenging both liability and the causation of death. The jury unanimously exonerated the client as having caused the death.