Ehrlich Law Firm obtains important victory in asbestos lawsuit

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Ehrlich Law Firm obtains important victory in asbestos lawsuit; California Supreme Court then grants review

Asbestos warningWaters, Kraus & Paul, with one of the premier asbestos-litigation practices in the U.S., hired the Ehrlich Law Firm to argue an important products-liability case, O’Neil v. Crane Co. in the Court of Appeal, Second District, Div. 5.

The issue in O’Neil was whether sailors injured by asbestos released during the maintenance of valves and pumps that were manufactured to contain asbestos within them, and that were insulated with asbestos, could be held liable on theories of strict products liability and negligence, even if the asbestos material in the equipment had been replaced with other asbestos material during the product’s life.

In Taylor v. Elliott Turbomachinery Co., Inc. (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 564, the Court of Appeal , First District, held that the manufacturers could not be held liable because the asbestos was not “their” product.

Ehrlich convinced the court not to follow Taylor, and in a written decision the court held that Taylor had been wrongly decided.  (O’Neil v. Crane Co. (2010) 177 Cal.App.4th 1019.)  The Supreme Court later granted review to resolve the conflict between the positions advocated in O’Neil and Taylor.  Ehrlich is expected to argue the matter in the California Supreme Court.

Benefits of hiring The Ehrlich Law Firm to handle your appeal

When large corporate defendants win or lose a jury verdict, or any type of major case at the trial level, they often bring in appellate specialists to handle the post-trial briefing. Why?

Sophisticated clients understand that the skills that win trials are not necessarily the skills that win appeals, and that appellate specialists are often best prepared to defend or attack a verdict on appeal.

Effective lawyering requires a wealth of skills, and most lawyers gravitate to what they enjoy and what they are good at. While most lawyers are called on to write in the course of their practice, few devote themselves to becoming accomplished legal writers.

Only those with a keen interest in writing are likely to take seminars on writing, read books on effective written advocacy, seek out expert editors and subject their writing to blunt criticism, and then practice the lessons learned on countless motions, oppositions, and briefs.

A look at our bookshelf reveals where our interests lie. It is filled with books on writing, usage dictionaries, and written advocacy. We care about writing well, and have devoted considerable effort to develop and maintain our writing skills. [Sample briefs]

As a result of this hard work, and more than 20 years of practice, we are recognized as being among the best plaintiffs’ appellate firms in California. This is why the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles – the third largest trial lawyer association in the nation – recognized Jeffrey I. Ehrlich its 2004 appellate lawyer of the year.

This is also why Michael Bidart of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP, one of the most successful plaintiff’s attorneys in the nation (and our former law partner) uses us as his appellate counsel.

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Southern California appeals attorney, Jeffrey I. Ehrlich, is an appellate specialist certified by the State Bar of California’s Committee on Legal Specialization. He is the principal of the Ehrlich Law Firm, in Encino, Los Angeles County, California.