DALLAS, Texas – For the third year running, Baron & Budd, P.C. has again been named to The National Law Journal's prestigious "Hot List" of U.S. plaintiffs' firms.  The publication's annual compendium of the plaintiffs' firms doing the most to shape the law featured only 12 U.S. firms in the article appearing October 10, 2005, "a reflection of our narrower focus on firms that showed a special spark at trial before a judge or jury. . .We wanted to emphasize firms that secured trial verdicts significant for their size or their reverberations in business and society."

The article noted that Baron & Budd stayed in the limelight representing varied clients and "seems assured of maintaining its high profile. . . ."  The national legal publication highlighted some of Baron & Budd's noteworthy cases of the past year, including:

Strong v. E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co. (Jones Co., Miss., Cir. Ct.): The firm won a $15.5 million verdict in August 2005 for a man who contracted cancer through exposure to dioxin released from a Gulfport, Miss., chemical plant into the air in the surrounding neighborhood and St. Louis Bay.

Bostic v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., et al, (Dallas County, Texas, Ct. At Law No. 3): A Dallas jury in March 2005 awarded $9.3 million against Georgia-Pacific Corp. for a man who died at 41 from mesothelioma attributed to his exposure to asbestos while working with his father as a boy.  Within six weeks, the firm secured two other verdicts for victims of asbestos cancer, including a $10 million verdict for a Los Angeles Navy veteran who developed mesothelioma and a $3.6 million verdict for a Louisiana chemical plant worker who developed asbestos-related lung cancer.

CBE v. Tosco Corp. (San Francisco Co., Calif., Super. Ct.): The firm reached settlements requiring several major oil companies to upgrade gas stations, clean up groundwater contamination and take steps to prevent gasoline leaking from more than 1,000 underground storage tanks in California.

 

About Baron & Budd, P.C.:

Since 1977, the law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has championed the rights of people and communities harmed by corporate misconduct.  With over 80 attorneys and offices in Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana and New York, Baron & Budd enjoys a national reputation as a leader of the plaintiffs' bar.  The firm represents individuals with mesothelioma and other diseases caused by asbestos; leukemia and lymphoma caused by benzene; and injuries caused by other toxic substances and pharmaceuticals.  The firm also represents water authorities seeking clean-up costs for drinking water contamination; securities investors defrauded by corporate wrongdoing; and consumers.  For more information about Baron & Budd, call 1-800-222-2766 or visit www.baronandbudd.com.

 

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