Opening Statement of the Week: J. Bruce Jackson in Miller v. A.W. Chesterton

Posted by Arlin Crisco on Dec 1, 2014 6:41:00 PM


The Trial: Miller v. A.W. Chesterton

The Attorney: J. Bruce Jackson, for the plaintiff. 

Causation can be a particularly difficult element to prove in toxic tort cases. Time is often a plaintiff's attorney's biggest enemy in such suits. The decades that pass between the exposure to a defendant's chemical and plaintiff's illness can fuel skeptical jurors' doubt in your argument. In Miller v. A.W. Chesterton, J. Bruce Jackson uses his opening statement to lead jurors step by step from Ralph Miller's asbestos exposure to his mesothelioma years later. 

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Topics: Asbestos, Opening Statement of the Week, Trial Techniques, Miller v. AW Chesterton Company