Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Jeff Tamraz, a plaintiff in the Welding Fume Product Liability Litigation MDL in the Northern District of Ohio, won a $20.5 million verdict today, according to this news release. The litigation involves claims that manganese fumes from welding rods cause Parkinson's Disease. Welding rod defendants had won the vast majority of cases to go to trial, and an August 2007 industry report on the litigation reported that the lawsuits were on the decline. Whether today's verdict will reinvigorate the litigation or encourage settlement of other cases remains to be seen.
Clarification: The $20.5 million reflects total damages; the jury awarded $17.5 million to Tamraz plus $3 million to his wife.