For over 12 years, our firm has represented a large national heavy equipment manufacturing company in hundreds of defense cases in which they were being sued by plaintiffs claiming asbestos exposure from components of the client’ s equipment. W e were responsible for case management from inception of the lawsuit through trial and/or settlement. Our firm reported directly to the client’s General Counsel and worked with a consortium of insurance carriers, many of whom initially disclaimed coverage, to obtain reimbursement of a significant portion of the client’s legal expenses and, ultimately, contribution towards settlement in those relatively few matters in which we did not obtain a dismissal, with prejudice, as a result of our motion practice.
In addition, we represented one of the largest independent petroleum marketers in New York in connection with numerous lawsuits and governmental proceedings alleging contamination of soil and groundwater by petroleum products sold by the client. We were responsible for bringing cross-claims and third-party actions, where appropriate, to obtain indemnification. The client has over 55 locations in the New Yorkmetropolitan area.