On the eve of trial, Wood Smith Henning & Berman achieved a significant legal victory for the client, a national supplier of countertops, by securing a summary judgment. The Plaintiff, whose story has been widely featured in multiple news outlets, alleged that he developed silicosis as a result of exposure to products containing silica from a countertop manufactured by WSHB's client.

Despite the Plaintiff's claims, the WSHB team successfully argued that Plaintiff failed to establish causation. During the Plaintiff's deposition, the legal team uncovered crucial testimony that highlighted the weaknesses in the Plaintiff's case. Additionally, they demonstrated that the Plaintiff was unable to lay a proper foundation for the invoice produced as evidence of exposure to our client's product.

Partner Rudolf Petrosyan successfully drafted and argued the WSHB team's motion for summary judgment, resulting in the dismissal of the client from the lawsuit. Partners Dennis Baier and Thomas Vandenburg along with Senior Associate Janessa Chun also played a key role in the success of this case.

"This ruling is a testament to the thorough preparation and strategic acumen of our legal team," said Partner Rudolf Petrosyan. "We were able to effectively demonstrate that the Plaintiff's claims lacked the necessary evidence to proceed to trial, safeguarding our client from unfounded allegations."

Wood Smith Henning & Berman is proud to claim victory in this precedent-setting case amongst a series of silicosis countertop cases, with this being the first of over twenty lawsuits to be granted summary judgment. "This outcome not only exonerates our client but also highlights the importance of robust legal defenses in complex toxic tort litigation" stated Partner Dennis Baier, "We will continue to advocate vigorously for our clients in these high-stakes cases."

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