March 24, 2018

Garlock Asbestos Settlement Tied to Quality of Opposing Lawyers, 'High Risk' Facts, Venue

DALLAS, March 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Recently released documents in the Garlock Sealing Technologies’ bankruptcy show that the company decided to settle asbestos claims filed by attorneys from Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC, partly because the Texas-based law firm has some of “the best trial lawyers in the country” and the risk of taking the cases to trial was too high.

In a series of internal “major expense project approvals” released March 4, Garlock’s own advisers provided the justification for settling hundreds of asbestos exposure lawsuits. The documents devote multiple pages to cases handled by Simon Greenstone’s predecessor firm, Simon, Eddins & Greenstone.

One document recommended that Garlock approve a $3.1 million settlement involving 19 of the firm’s lawsuits that were awaiting trial in Los Angeles in 2008. The settlement came to roughly $163,157 per case.

“The deal, although rich, is favorable and advisable,” the document states. “First, the per case average is down from what we have recently paid on mesothelioma claims handled by Simon, Eddins & Greenstone in not only California, but in other jurisdictions as well. In the recent past, we have paid Simons (sic), Eddins & Greenstone $300,000 and above on various mesothelioma claims.

“Second, the deal provides certainty relative to very high risk cases, in an extremely bad jurisdiction, being handled by some if (sic) the best trial lawyers in the country,” the document states.

The Garlock communications also reference “high risk” facts and concerns about trial venue.

Garlock sued Simon Greenstone in 2014, claiming the company had been duped into settling certain lawsuits brought by mesothelioma victims fatally injured by asbestos products. The recently released documents provide further justification of Simon Greenstone’s assertion that Garlock settled with Simon Greenstone’s clients because it was a good business decision, according to attorney Michael W. Magner, who represents the firm in that suit.

“Garlock is simply trying to reduce the amount of money it must pay to those harmed by its products,” Mr. Magner says. “As anybody can tell from reading the major expense project approvals, it is clear that Garlock based its decision to settle on the facts of the case, the venue and the quality of the legal representation.

“We have said all along that unsealing the record would prove that Garlock’s suit is nonsense, and these documents are the smoking gun,” Mr. Magner says. “Garlock’s attempts to reduce what the company owes its victims are nothing but revisionist history and an attempt to discourage victims of asbestos products from seeking just compensation. Garlock made a considered decision to do what most civil litigants do: settle. If the company isn’t happy with how those cases turned out, it has no one to blame but its own officers, attorneys and consultants.”

For more information or to obtain electronic versions of the major expense approval reports, contact Amy Hunt at 800-559-4534 or amy@androvett.com.

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Asbestos Attorneys Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett Launch their New and Updated Website

Cleveland5Justice.org Now Features Even More Information about Mesothelioma and How the Law Firm Can Help Victims of Asbestos Exposure

Cleveland, OH / ACCESSWIRE / Sept 20, 2014 / The Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett law firm, a group of attorneys who are highly knowledgeable about asbestos and mesothelioma, are proud to announce the launch of their newly-updated website. The site, http://www.cleveland5justice.org/, now contains even more in-depth and helpful information about the form of cancer called mesothelioma, as well as how the experienced and caring attorneys can help anyone who has been impacted by asbestos exposure.

As one of the new sections of the website explains, http://www.cleveland5justice.org/mesothelioma-lawyer/, the most common type of mesothelioma is called pleural mesothelioma, which affects the chest and lungs. Virtually everyone who has this serious health issue was exposed to asbestos or one time or another. While in some cases it’s easy to determine where and when the exposure took place, in other instances it takes more investigative work.

“At Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett we have the resources and knowledge to help determine how, where and when you were exposed so that the guilty parties can be held responsible,” an article in one of the new sections of the website http://www.cleveland5justice.org/mesothelioma-lawyer/ noted, adding that unfortunately, time is of the essence because mesothelioma is typically a very aggressive form of cancer.

Another new section of the website, http://www.cleveland5justice.org/mesothelioma-law-firm/, explains that although it can be understandingly very frightening to be diagnosed with such a serious health condition, meeting with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney can help to set their minds at ease. Attorneys like the ones at Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett work closely with their clients, helping to explain and counsel on various issues related to mesothelioma, including long-term medical care, the inability to work, and costly medical treatments.

“If you are concerned about facing these worries alone, take the first step to contact a legal professional who is skilled with handling mesothelioma cases, to consider all your options before making such important decisions,” the new article noted.

Anybody who would like to learn more about Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett is welcome to visit the newly-updated website; there, they can read educational articles about mesothelioma and learn how the law firm can help them.

About Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett:

Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett started out helping mesothelioma victims in Cleveland receive compensation from asbestos manufacturers, and since then, they’ve grown to help thousands of mesothelioma victims nationwide. The experience and caring attorneys look forward to helping those who have been affected by asbestos exposure. For more information, please visit http://www.cleveland5justice.org/


Eleanor Richards
(949) 555-2861

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Asbestos Attorneys Simon, Greenstone, Panatier and Bartlett Launch their New and Updated Website