May 7, 2002
A Kelley Drye trial team won a significant defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson Medical in a latex glove allergy products liability trial in Fort Worth, Texas, after a six week trial. In this case, plaintiffs were seeking $7-10 million in damages for a 34-year-old former radiology technician who claimed she could no longer work in the health care field due to an allergy to the latex in gloves and numerous medical devices.
The plaintiffs presented an extensive case involving numerous expert witnesses including allergists, immunologists and manufacturing experts. Kelley Drye broke down the plaintiff’s claims through exhaustive cross-examination. After three hours of deliberation, the jury returned a defense verdict.
The result was a significant win for J&J, as it was the first latex glove case it has tried to verdict. The verdict has been reported nationally in Mealey’s and various products liability newsletters. Kelley Drye continues to represent J&J as national coordinating counsel in more than 500 latex glove cases throughout the country.