Asbestos coordination judge for all cases in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties for two years, overseeing hundreds of cases
Representative cases involved:
Brake linings containing asbestos
Liability of manufacturers and suppliers of products containing talc
Exposure to asbestos by workers applying and sanding joint compounds
Exposure to asbestos at school site during maintenance and repairs
Exposure to asbestos on construction sites
Exposure to asbestos at naval shipyard
Exposure to asbestos when working with cement pipe
Secondary exposure to asbestos by spouse
Exposure to asbestos due to improper abatement procedures
Exposure to asbestos by refinery workers building refineries overseas
Exposure to asbestos while using gun plastic cement
Sufficiency of expert testimony regarding exposure to asbestos and causation of disease
Jurisdictional and forum non convenience issues
Owner of construction company who visited work sites was exposed to asbestos in powder form and developed mesothelioma. Issues included liability of supplier of raw asbestos when there were multiple potential suppliers. Case resulted in verdict and significant appellate precedent.
Student in art class creating clay objects exposed to asbestos from talc in classroom.
Settled sensitive case involving a student's claims of asbestos exposure from a school classroom.
Hon. Steven J. Kleifield (Ret.)
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