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July 19, 2006

Defense Prevails in Bellwether Welding Rod Case

In the first bellwether trial in the federal welding rod multidistrict litigation, the jury found that makers and distributors were not liable for a welder's neurological problems (Solis v. Lincoln Elec. Co., N.D. Ohio (MDL 1535), No. 04-17363, 6/2706).  The plaintiffs in these cases claim that exposure to manganese-containing welding rod fumes cause symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease.  Approximately 10,000 claims, more than half pending in the federal MDL, were filed against the welding rod industry after a 2003 verdict for an Illinois welder for $1 million.  That verdict was upheld on appeal (Elam v. Lincoln Electric Co. (ill. App. Ct., 5th Dist., No. 5-04-0120, 12/20/05).

JDP

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