James Ferraro tells jurors invoices for Georgia Pacific-manufactured wallboard that were shipped to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where Roy Taylor was on a project, logically implied asbestos-containing joint compound the company also produced were sent to the location because the products were “intertwined.” Taylor, represented by Ferraro, claims he contracted mesothelioma from asbestos in the compound. Jurors awarded him and his wife $17 million in the case. Watch the full closing argument.
Toxic tort cases involving dangerous exposure from decades earlier can be rife with problems linking the allegedly toxic product to your client's disease. In some cases, you'll have to ask jurors to infer connections based on limited documentary evidence and no "smoking gun" proof. James Ferraro was faced with a similar situation in a mesothelioma suit against Georgia Pacific, but, in a closing that connected the dots from wallboard to his client's cancer, won an eight-figure verdict.