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HP CONVINCES CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT TO ADOPT SOPHISTICATED INTERMEDIARY DEFENSE
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The California Supreme Court adopted the "sophisticated intermediary" defense in California. HP partner James Parker argued the case before the Court. The case is Webb v. Special Electric (May 23, 2016) 63 Cal.4th 167.

Under the defense, "a [product] supplier may discharge its duty to warn end users abo...
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Ninth Circuit Agrees with Hugo Parker: Not "Every Exposure Counts" and Navy Ships are not "Products"
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In a long-awaited opinion, the Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that Naval warships are not "products" for purposes of strict products liability. Plaintiffs’ subsequent petition for en banc review was denied, making the opinion final. Naval vessels were never distributed commercially and therefore fa...
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Edward Hugo To Speak At ACI’s 21st National Asbestos Forum
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Edward Hugo will speak at the American Conference Institute’s 21st National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation on June 28th, 2016 at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront in Chicago. Mr. Hugo's topic of discussion will be New International Issues Associated With Motions to Apply Foreign Law. The brochure is here availa...
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Parker Argues to California Supreme Court; Issue is Whether to Adopt the "Sophisticated Purchaser" Defense
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On March 1, 2016, HP partner James Parker presented oral argument before the California Supreme in a case which will determine whether, and under what conditions, the "sophisticated purchaser" defense will be adopted in California. The defense has been adopted by about half the jurisdictions in the United States and negates the general d...
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HP Partners Obtain Complete Defense Verdict For Asbestos Broker
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On March 1, 2016, after a four-week jury trial in Stockton, California, HP Partners James Parker and Randy Bernard obtained a defense verdict for HP’s client, a broker of raw asbestos (crocidolite) fiber. Plaintiffs asked the jury to award over $2 million in economic damages and an unspecified amount for pain and suffering against HP’s cl...
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Super Lawyers Congratulates Edward R. Hugo For Excellence In The Practice Of Law
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Edward Hugo has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list for the twelfth consecutive year, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.

 

Only 5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.

 

View the profile here.


Harris Martin Cover Features Commentary by Edward Hugo
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In the January 2016 edition of Harris Martin's Columns publication, Edward Hugo's commentary Fear and Loathing In Our Courts: Can Choice of Law be Decided Without Prejudice? A Commentary by Edward R. Hugo of Hugo Parker LLP was featured on the cover.

 

The full commentary is linked here.


Parker and Bernard Obtain Defense Verdict in Alameda County, California
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After a seven-week trial in Oakland, California, HP Partners James Parker and Randy Bernard obtained a defense verdict on September 22, 2015 for HP’s client, a supplier of brakes and automotive parts, in a living mesothelioma case. Plaintiffs asked the jury to award over $30 million against HP’s client and four other defendants. Plai...
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The Most Important Tort Case On The California Supreme Court's 2016 Docket
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In its annual prediction of important upcoming Supreme Court cases, the September 2015 issue of “California Lawyer” identifies Kesner v. Superior Court (Pneumo Abex) (S219534) and the sister case of Havner v. BNSF Railway Co. as the most important tort cases on the Court’s docket. The issue is "whether and when employers owe a dut...
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Edward Hugo Spoke At ACI's 20th National Forum In Philadelphia
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Edward Hugo spoke at American Conference Institute’s 20th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation on January 14th, 2016 at the Union League in Philadelphia.

Mr. Hugo's topic of discussion was New International Issues Associated With Motions to Apply Foreign Law. The brochure is here available to view....
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Edward Hugo Spoke at Perrin's Asbestos Litigation Conference in San Francisco
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Edward Hugo spoke at Perrin Conferences' ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE: A NATIONAL OVERVIEW & OUTLOOK held at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel on September 28-30, 2015.

 

The Perrin National Asbestos Brochure 2015 can be viewed here.

 


Edward Hugo Spoke At ACI’s 19th National Asbestos Forum
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Edward Hugo spoke at ACI’s 19th National Advanced Asbestos Forum on June 23-24, 2015 at the Omni Chicago Hotel on the Magnificent Mile.   Mr. Hugo's presentation was given Tuesday, June 23rd at 3:00.

 

Click here to view Brochure


James Parker and Shaghig Agopian Win Defense Verdict After Six Week Long Jury Trial
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TRIAL SUMMARY Case Name: David and Vana Baeza v. Special Electric Company, Inc. Date of Trial: March 11, 2015 - April 27, 2015 Judge: Hon. Peter Mirich, Dept. S29, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Long Beach) Trial Counsel: - Simona Farrise, Esq., Benjamin Adams, Esq., Paul Meyers, Esq., and Alina Guzman, E...
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Super Lawyers Congratulates Edward R. Hugo For His Continued Selection
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Super Lawyers congratulates Edward R. Hugo for his selection to their list for eleven consecutive years.

Super Lawyers names Northern California's top lawyers as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. Northern California Super Lawyers is published annually in August in a...
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Edward R. Hugo Spoke At ACI’s 18th National Asbestos Forum
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Edward R. Hugo spoke at ACI’s 18th National Advanced Asbestos Forum on January 15-16, 2015 at The Union League in Philadelphia. Mr. Hugo's presentation, The Use of Asbestos by the United States Military Other than the Navy, was given Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2:10.continue reading [...]


Ed Hugo Spoke At The 2014 Defense Institute Seminar
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Hugo Parker attorney Edward R. Hugo spoke at the 2014 Defense Institute Professional Liability and Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Seminar at the Sofitel Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on September 19th.

His presentation Joint Defense, Consent to Settlement, and Information Sharing Clauses was attended by defense p...
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James Parker Wins A Defense Verdict For HP Client
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TRIAL SUMMARY Date of Trial: September 2-10, 2014 Judge: Hon. Richard B. Ulmer, Dept. 624, San Francisco County Superior Court Trial Counsel: - Stephen Harowitz, Esq. & Sarah Gilson ("Plaintiffs") - James C. Parker, Esq. & Amber Kelly, Esq. of Hugo Parker ("Defendant") &nbs...
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Complete Defense Verdict Victory For Edward Hugo And Shaghig Agopian
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TRIAL SUMMARY Richard F. Moran III v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation JCCP 4674 LASC Case # BC466180 Dept. I Date of Trial: 8/19/14 - 9/4/14 Judge: Hon. H. Chester Horn

Trial Counsel: - Tony Vieira, Esq. & Campbell Filmer, Esq. of Vieira Trial Law ("Plaintiff") - David Rosen, Esq. of Rose, Klein &a...
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Parker Convinces Calif. Supreme Court to Review "Take-Home Exposure" Case
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August 2014. Hugo Parker's James C. Parker has convinced the California Supreme Court to accept review of the issue of whether an employer or premises owner owes a duty of care to persons who never visited a work site but were nonetheless exposed to toxins or other dangerous substances through off-premises contact with a work...
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Parker Convinces Calif. Supreme Court to Review "Sophisticated Intermediary Case" Case
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June 2013. Hugo Parker's James C. Parker has convinced the California Supreme Court to accept review of a case that could lead to adoption of the "sophisticated intermediary" defense in California. Parker won a nonsuit before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge following a jury tr...
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Super Lawyers Congratulates Edward R. Hugo For Ten Consecutive Years Of Selection
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Super Lawyers congratulates Edward R. Hugo for his selection to their list for ten consecutive years.

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MDL Judge Awards Summary Judgment to Boiler Manufacturer
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The court overseeing the national Asbestos Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation awarded summary judgment to boiler manufacturer Foster Wheeler based on the Sophisticated User defense. Applying California law, the Honorable Eduardo C. Robreno ruled that “summary judgment in favor of Defendant Foster Wheeler is warranted because ...
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And The Defense Wins
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DRI members Edward R. Hugo and James C. Parker of Hugo Parker won a victory for their client from the appellate court recently, preserving the right to a fair deposition. In this case, the plaintiff filed an asbestos-related personal injury complaint naming 70 defendants and sought tr...
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Edward Hugo Spoke At The Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar In Las Vegas
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Edward Hugo spoke at the Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (DALS): A Practical Guide for Winning Lung Cancer Cases at Trial on June 4th - 6th, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas.

Mr. Hugo's presentation, Win Your Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma Case Through Effective and Persuasive Vior Dire and Op...
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James Parker Was Invited to Speak at Perrin’s Conference in Beverly Hills
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James Parker was invited to speak at Perrin’s Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference at the Beverly Hills Wilshire Hotel. His presentation, Characterizing Bystander and Take Home Exposures to Airborne Asbestos and Assessing the Respective Human Health Risks, was given Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

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Asbestos MDL Judge Awards Summary Judgment To Shipbuilder
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The court overseeing the national Asbestos Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation awarded summary judgment to Shipbuilder General Dynamics Corporation in two cases, reiterating that a ship is not a "product" under strict products liability law ( "As such, a shipbuilder defendant cannot face liability on a strict products liability claim"...
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Parker Wins Defense Verdict After Lengthy Trial in Living Mesothelioma Case
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DRI members Edward R. Hugo and James C. Parker of Hugo Parker won a victory for their client from the appellate court recently, preserving the right to a fair deposition. In this case, the plaintiff filed an asbestos-related personal injury complaint naming 70 defendants and sought trial pr...
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HP Preserves The Right To A Fair Deposition
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Plaintiff filed an asbestos-related personal injury complaint naming 70 defendants and sought trial preference based on a doctor’s declaration that he had a limited life expectancy. His attorney noticed the plaintiff’s deposition and conducted a direct examination lasting 14 hours over several days. After defendants conducted 14 hours of ...
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James Parker Spoke At ACI's 16th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation
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James Parker spoke at ACI's 16th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 in San Francisco. This session offered an in-depth examination of recent and emerging trends in asbestos claims and litigation. It explored recent developments impacting plaintiffs, defendants, insurers and counsel, rec...
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HP Defends the Right to a Jury Trial
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First, over defendants' objections, the San Francisco Superior Court ("SFSC") consolidated 17 asbestos personal injury cases for trial, splitting them into 6 subgroups. Then, on August 5, the Court issued an order, requiring all parties to prepay all of the estimated voir dire and jury fees for the entire duration of the trial. Non-compliant ...
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HP Obtains Rare Stay Order
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When a San Francisco trial judge decided to overrule defense challenges to two potential jurors, but then decided to further question the sworn jurors about their impartiality outside the presence of all counsel, HP attorneys Edward R. Hugo and Shelley K. Tinkoff took their objections to the next level. Along with their appellate team, ...
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EDWARD HUGO SPOKE AT ACI'S 14th ANNUAL ASBESTOS CLAIMS & LIGITATION CONFERENCE
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Gain key strategies and updates from top in-house professionals, experienced outside counsel, renowned jurists, and medical professionals on: The evolution of asbestos medicine: single fiber, every fiber, low dose, lung cancer, chrysotile, and beyond ...
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SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR HP CLIENT IS AFFIRMED AGAINST 16 PLAINTIFFS CLAIMING "ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM"
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Marsae Scott, etc. et al. v. CH2M Hill San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. CGC-08-274702 Hearing on Motion for Summary Judgment: September 7, 2011; Court of Appeal affirmed May 22, 2013. Judge: Hon. Loretta M. Giorgi, SFSC Dept. 302; First District Court of Appeal. CH2M Hill Counsel: James C. Parker of Hugo Parker Plain...
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Parker Wins Complete Defense Verdict for Stucco Client in Los Angeles
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April 2013. HUGO PARKER's James C. Parker, along with Greg Rosse and Shaghig Agopian, successfully defended client Merlex Stucco, Inc. in a wrongful death suit brought by the adult heirs of a career plasterer and stucco journeyman, who claimed that their father's several decades of exposure to asbestos in stucco, including some manufact...
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Edward Hugo Elected to 2013 SuperLawyers Of Northern CA
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Ed Hugo was again selected as a California Super Lawyer.

Super Lawyers names Northern California's top lawyers as chosen by their peer...
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Edward Hugo Spoke at LCA's Renaissance Symposium VII: "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (of Cross Examination)"
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Edward Hugo Spoke at LCA's Renaissance Symposium VII: "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words (of Cross Examination)"

Mr. Hugo is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a Charter Member of The Institute of Trial Presentation. Heidi Hugo is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America....
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Heidi Hugo nominated as Charter Member of the Insurance Litigation Institute of America of the LCA
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The mission and purpose of the ILIA is to foster a nationwide but limited network of highly skilled and experienced insurance law attorneys to: a) engage in professional development, through programs and publications, in cutting-edge and other critical issues relating to insurance law; b) become an established resource for insurance law-relat...
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Asbestos Jurisdictional Highlights In The United States: Laws In Flux, Courts In Crisis
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INTRODUCTION

While the old saying would have us believe that “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” the exact opposite is true with regard to asbestos litigation. This article provides a synops...
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Edward Hugo Spoke at ACI's 13th Annual Asbestos Claims & Litigations Conference
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At ACI's Asbestos Claims & Litigation Gain key strategies and updates from top in-house professionals, experienced outside counsel, renowned jurists, and medical professionals on:

The evolution of asbestos medicine: single fiber, every fiber, low dose, lung cancer, ch...
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HP Client wins Summary Judgment against 16 Plaintiffs Claiming "Environmental Racism”
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Marsae Scott, etc. et al. v. CH2M Hill San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. CGC-08-274702 Hearing on Motion for Summary Judgment: September 7, 2011. Judge: Hon. Loretta M. Giorgi, SFSC Dept. 302. CH2M Hill Counsel: James C. Parker of Hugo Parker Plaintiffs’ Counsel: Plaintiffs consisted of 16 juvenile and adult resid...
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Hugo Wins Complete Defense Verdict
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TRIAL SUMMARY Case Name: Nunez (w/d: Francisco), et al. v. Special Electric Company, Inc., et al. Date of Trial: July 18, 2011 - August 26, 2011 Judge: Debre K. Weintraub, Dept. 47, Los Angeles County Superior Court Trial Counsel: • Selby Lighthill, Esq. & Craig Peters, Esq. of Paul & Hanley ("Plain...
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The Defense Wins - DRI Issue
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On February 1, 2012, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an opinion and order granting defendant Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation’s motions for summary judgment in two cases Stone v. Alfa Laval, et al., EDPA Civ...
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DRI: And the Defense Wins!
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DRI member Edward R. Hugo of Hugo Parker in San Francisco obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death product liability jury trial. The plaintiffs claimed that the decedent died of malignant mesothelioma, as a result of his occupational exposure to asbestos while employed by Johns-Ma...
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HP Lawyer Elected to 2012 SuperLawyers Of Northern CA
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Ed Hugo was again selected as a California Super Lawyer. Published in Northern California SuperLawyers.

Super Lawyers names Northern California's top lawyers as chosen by their peers a...
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Hugo Spoke at LCA's Renaissance Symposium V
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"Cross Examination: Closeline by Timeline"

Mr. Hugo is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a Charter Member of The Institute of Trial Presentation. Heidi Hugo is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. For more information on the Litigation Counsel of America go to www.litco...
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Hugo Spoke at ACI's 12th Annual Asbestos Claims & Litigations Conference
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At ACI's Asbestos Claims & Litigation Gain key strategies and updates from top in-house counsel, claims managers, experienced outside counsel, renowned jurists, and medical professionals on:

Bankruptcy filings, confirmations & estimations and the Transparency Between Bankruptcy Tr...
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Courtroom News
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Summary Judgment for Defendant in Asbestosis Action Affirmed

A California appellate court has affirmed an award of summary judgment to Supro Corp., concluding that the plaintiff's own deposition testimony was not enough to support the underlying asb...
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Edward Hugo Spoke at the Litigation Counsel of America's Renaissance Symposium III
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Edward Hugo spoke at the Litigation Counsel of America's Renaissance Symposium III in Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin. His presentation (titled "You are a professional Witness, correct?") focused on the cross examination of expert witnesses.

Mr. Hugo is a Charter Fel...
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Hugo Spoke at DRI's Asbestos Medicine Seminar
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A sample of Mr. Hugo's presentation "Wheel of Shares" is available here.

At DRI's Asbestos Medicine Seminar, you will get up to speed on the latest medical and legal developments in asbestos litigation and learn how to best evaluate and defend asbestos cases. Whether you are new to asbes...
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HP Defense Verdict Listed in Featured Verdicts by VerdictSearch California
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Defense: Employer To Blame For Decedent's Mesothelioma

Jury: Asbestos supplier not liable for man's mesothelioma

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Nunez Case Report

Verdict: D...
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James Parker Moderates Perrin's Judicial Roundtable
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HP Partner James Parker co-moderated a Judicial Roundtable on September 20, 2011 as part of Perrin Conference's 2011 Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview, at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel. Panel judges include Hon. Harold E. Kahn (San Francisco); Hon Jo-Lynn Q. Lee (Alameda County); Hon. Peggy L. Abelman (Delaware); Hon. ...
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HP Trial Victory in Flood Case Followed By $400,000+ Award for Fees and Costs
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After obtaining a non-suit for two of its clients and a 12-0 defense verdict for the third client in an action filed against them by two tenant/merchants in Ross (see three related articles previously published IN THE NEWS), HP lawyers followed up by obtaining an attorneys’ fee award for $333,691.55 and a cost award for $72,738 against the ...
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HP Lawyer Elected to 2011 SuperLawyers Of Northern CA
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Ed Hugo was again selected as a California Super Lawyer. Published in Northern California SuperLawyers.

Super Lawyers names Northern California's top lawyers as chosen by their peers and throu...
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Hugo Spoke at Perrin's Cutting Edge Issues Conference
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Edward Hugo was invited to speak on the latest developments in CA law at Perrin's Cutting Edge Issues In Asbestos Litigation Conference in Beverly Hills, CA on March 3, 2011.

Click Here for the Conference Agenda

 


Meter Maid's Appeal Expires
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Meter Maid's Appeal Expires Against Brake Parts Inc.; Defendant's CCP Section 998 Zero Dollar Offer And Trial Court's Award Of $172,546 In Costs And Expert Fees Upheld

APPEAL SUMMARY

At a mandatory settlement conference before trial, Brake Parts offered to resolve the case for $35,...
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Parker Wins Defense Verdict for Asbestos Broker
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TRIAL SUMMARY William and Jacqueline Webb v. Special Electric, Inc.: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC436063 Date of Trial: January 12, 2011 through February 17, 2011 Judge: Hon. John Shepard Wiley, Jr. LASC Dept. 50 Trial Counsel: • Anthony Vieira, Campbell Filmer, of Paul Hanley LLP for ...
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Jury Floats a 12 - 0 Defense Verdict in Ross Flood Case
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Lawyer Battle in Flood Damage Case Ends with Defense Verdict

Kate Moser

The Recorder | November 10, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — A Marin County jury returned a defense verdict Tuesday in a hotly litigated dispute over a flooded clothing bouti...
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Jury Denies Ross Merchants In Flood Lawsuit
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By Gary KlienMarin Independent Journal

Posted: 11/09/2010 08:53:57 PM PST

After nearly half a decade of litigation, a Marin County jury ruled Tuesday that a Ross property owner should not be liable for damages sustained by two commercial tenants during the devasta...
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Asbestos Settlement Summary
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In 2008 and 2009 plaintiff Chicago Bridge & Iron settled 93 alleged asbestosis cases. The claimants' asbestosis was allegedly caused by their exposure to vessels (digesters and tanks) which CB&I manufactured, erected and repaired at the Bogalusa Paper Mill in Louisiana. Thereafter ...
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Brown Eyed Girl Gets a Black Eye in Opening Statements
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Venom Overflows Banks in Marin Flood-Damage Case

Kate Moser

The Recorder | October 12, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — Plaintiff lawyer Raymond Bourhis today found himself — and his occupation — cast as Exhibit A in why his daughter, Daniell...
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HP Lawyer Elected to 2010 SuperLawyers Of Northern CA
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Ed Hugo was again selected as California Super Lawyers. Published in Northern California SuperLawyers.

Edward R. Hugo online at

Super Lawyers names Northern Cali...
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Edward R. Hugo Selected to Speak at the 2010 Spring Conference for the Litigation Counsel of America
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Edward Hugo, partner of Hugo Parker in San Fransisco, California, was selected to speak at the 2010 Spring Conference and Induction of Fellows for the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) on May 6-7 in Monterey, California.

Mr. Hugo specializes in the defense...
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TWA Project's Annual Fundraising Gala Co-Sponsored By HP
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On February 3, 2010, Teach with Africa hosted its 3rd annual fundraiser at San Francisco's St. Regis Hotel. The Teach with Africa gala is the primary means by which Teach with Africa (www.teachwithafrica.org) raises money to fund its fellowship program in support of the LEAP Schools, wh...
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Parker and Rosse Win Defense Verdict in Wrongful Death Mesothelioma Trial
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TRIAL SUMMARY Edith Fisher, et al. v. Foster Wheeler LLC, et al.; San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. 828684 Date of Trial: October 1, 2009 through October 28, 2009 Judge: Hon. Gail Dekreon, SFSC Dept. 306 Trial Counsel: • Anthony Prince, Brayton Purcell...
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Ed Hugo Wins Complete Defense Verdict
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TRIAL SUMMARY Tommy Dye and Martha Dye v. Asbestos Defendants (B♦P): San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. CGC-08-274606 Date of Trial: September 29, 2009 through October 16, 2009 Judge: Hon. Ronald E. Quidachay, SFSC Dept. 501 Trial Counsel: • Willia...
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HP Forces City of Modesto to Give Up on Final Phase of Groundwater Trial
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Facing a Motion for Summary Judgment and a Motion for Sanctions, the City of Modesto dismissed its final pending cause of action against HP client, Goss-Jewett of Northern California, Inc. ("GJNC")--bringing the trial of a 10-year-long lawsuit to an end. In May of 2009, Hugo Parker lawyers obtained a complete defense verdict from the jur...
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Edward Hugo Featured in Super Lawyers Magazine
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Racing cars has helped Ed Hugo's focus in the courtroom.

Published in Northern California Super Lawyers - August 2009

Edward R. Hugo

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Ed Hugo and Jim Parker Publish in the Daily Journal
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Their article in the San Francisco Daily Journal focuses on the effects of uninformed juries and their decisions. "We urge that judges not let juries be misled. California courts should adopt an instruction that tells jurors the potential consequences of their verdict."

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Hugo Spoke at ACI's 10th National Advanced Asbestos Forum in Philadelphia
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Edward Hugo Spoke at ACI’s 10th National Advanced Forum on Litigating and Managing Asbestos Claims in Philadelphia about Examining the New Theories of Liability that Are Being Pursued and Tested and the Liability Shift to New Defendants and Back to Plaintiffs.

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HP Wins Defense Verdict in $127 Million Groundwater Contamination Trial
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TRIAL SUMMARY City of Modesto, et al. v. The Dow Chemical Company, et al.; San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. 999643 Date of Trial: September 8, 2008 through May 18, 2009 Judge: Hon. Ernest H. Goldsmith; SFSC Dept. 613 Trial Firms:&nbs...
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Hugo Follows One Dismissal With Another
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TRIAL SUMMARY Pamela (Wrongful Death Steven) Baur v. Foster Wheeler LLC: San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. 430077 Date of Dismissal: April 7, 2009 Judge: Hon. Bruce Chan, SFSC Dept. 513 Result: Dismissal Trial Counsel: ...
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Ed Hugo Wins Dismissal
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TRIAL SUMMARY Deanna (Wrongful death Gary) Short v. Foster Wheeler, LLC.: San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. 443568 Date of Dismissal: March 17, 2009 Judge: Hon. Robert L. Dondero, SFSC Dept. 6 Trial Counsel: • Gilbert Purcell of Brayton Purcell ...
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Edward Hugo and Gregory Rosse Secure Complete Defense Verdict
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TRIAL SUMMARY Marguerita Dyer, et al. v. Foster Wheeler, LLC & John Crane, Inc.: San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. CGC-04436441 Date of Verdict: September 10, 2008 Judge: Hon. John K. Stewart, SFSC Dept. 505 Verdict: Defense Plai...
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Ed Hugo Wins Dismissal
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TRIAL SUMMARY Carmen (Wrongful death Donald) Allen v. Foster Wheeler, LLC.: San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. 448603 Date of Dismissal: August 12, 2008 Judge: Hon. Ernest Goldsmith, SFSC Dept. 6 Trial Counsel: • James Nevin of Brayton Purcell f...
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Meter Maid's Case Expires Against Brake Parts Inc.
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TRIAL SUMMARY Mercy Zamora v. Textron Inc., et al.: San Francisco County Superior Court, Case No. CGC-06-453285 Date of Trial: June 23, 2008 through July 18, 2008 Judge: Hon. Suzanne R. Bolanos, SFSC Dept. 602 Trial Counsel: • Thomas Brandi and Casey Kaufman of The Brandi Law Firm for Plaintiff Mercy Zamora • E...
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Greg Rosse Wins Complete Defense Verdict
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TRIAL SUMMARY Robert Bowen & Carol Bowen v. A.W. Chesterton Co., et al.: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BC 372150 Date of Trial: April 7, 2008 through May 16, 2008 Judge: Victor E. Chavez, LACS Dept. 96 Trial Counsel: • Stephen J. Healy of Pau...
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HP Successfully Challenges SF Court's Asbestos Consolidation Program
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Since Summer 2007, the San Francisco Superior Court had been consolidating hundreds of asbestos personal injury and wrongful death cases, without notice and without formal hearing. In December 2007, HP challenged the court's attempt to consolidate 120 cases on due process grounds. The trial court overruled the objections and HP filed a petiti...
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Anti-Consolidation Ruling Results In Dismissal
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When on the eve of jury selection, the trial judge decided to consolidate for trial a wrongful death mesothelioma suit with a living kidney cancer case, the lawyers at HUGO PARKER, LLP filed an emergency petition for a writ of mandate. The First District Court of Appeal promptly stayed the consolidation order and ordered briefing. Two weeks l...
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Appeal Court Unties Two Asbestos Suits
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The Recorder

By Mathhew Hirsch

November 6, 2007

A San Francisco Superior Court judge who combined two different asbestos suits for trial in front of the same jury will have to conduct separate trials after all.

In an unpublis...
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First District Eyes Joint Asbestos Trial
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The Recoreder By Matthew Hirsch October 27, 2007

With sworn jurors waiting in the wings, a pair of asbestos suits in San Francisco Superior Court are on hold as the First District Court of Appeal reviews a judge’s 11th-hour d...
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