Asbestos cases often turn on a paper trail as the most reliable evidence at trial, where memories of potential exposure and their sources from decades earlier can be hazy. Todd Suddleson used such a paper trail as the key to a strong closing argument that helped clear CertainTeed in a $5M-plus asbestos trial in 2018. Francisco Herrera v. CertainTeed Corp., CV2014-09632.
Florida’s state courts are the among the most accessible to the electronic news media anywhere in the country. The “Sunshine State” stayed true to its nickname by being a pioneer decades ago in granting news cameras largely unfettered access to public judicial proceedings.
Out of the thousands of asbestos lawsuits pending nationwide, only a small handful actually go to trial each year. It’s a tiny percentage, because a full-blown asbestos trial is a major undertaking for all parties, often taking weeks to complete and involving extensive expert witness testimony.