Every year, Courtroom View Network (CVN) compiles a list of that year’s top 10 most impressive plaintiff verdicts. We at Friedman | Rubin PLLP are honored to have our case Erickson, et al. v. Monsanto in the number 1 spot on the 2021 list.
Here is what CVN themselves have to say about it. More information about the Top 10 list can be found on the CVN blog.
#1 – Erickson, et al. v. Monsanto
$185 million awarded to three teachers exposed to long-lasting PCB chemicals in a local school
Why it made the list:
This case marked the first major in-person toxic tort/product liability trial to take place in state court after the shutdown, and the trial played out in the cavernous hall of a convention center normally used for events like auctions and trade shows.
Three teachers who claim they developed brain damage due to exposure in the aging Sky Valley Educational Center to toxic chemicals manufactured by Bayer-owned Monsanto sued the company in Washington state court. The teachers claimed that polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in light fixtures and caulking caused serious neurological injuries.
The three plaintiffs are among hundreds of teachers and students alleging they suffered from supposed PCB contamination at the Sky Valley facility, making this initial trial an important test case both for lawsuits involving chemical contamination at the school but also more generally for putting on a trial in the unfamiliar setting of a sprawling convention center.
The plaintiffs’ team from Seattle-based law firm Friedman Rubin PLLP overcame all of these factors, along with Monsanto’s representation by one of the most formidable defense firms in the country, earning this important plaintiff verdict the #1 spot on our list for 2021.