Ray v. Lincoln Electric Co., et al., In re: Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1535 (N.D. Ohio).

(Client: The Lincoln Electric Company)

Barrasso Usdin has won another victory on behalf of manufacturers of welding products, this time without having to go to court. After several months investigating and documenting inconsistencies between the plaintiff’s testimony and other evidence, the team discovered photographs of the plaintiff, who purported to be permanently disabled due to neurological injury caused by excessive exposure to welding fumes, competing in speedboat races. Shortly after disclosure of the photographs, the plaintiff agreed to dismiss his case, which had been set for trial in January 2010. 

The Barrasso Usdin trial team has secured defense verdicts in every case tried by them on behalf of the manufacturers, including a four-plaintiff case in Louisiana state court (Civil District Court, Orleans Parish), three earlier jury defense verdicts in the national MDL litigation, and a jury defense verdict in Madison County, Illinois. The trial team included Richard Sarver, Andrea Mahady Price, and Brad Cousins. The speedboat racing story has also been published in the AmLaw Litigation Daily Newsletter.

Case name: Ray v. Lincoln Electric Co., et al., In re: Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1535 (N.D. Ohio).