ADC Toxic Torts Series 2017

This year, the ADC Toxic Torts Committee, co-chaired by Tina Yim and Erin McGahey, is presenting two seminars.


Seminar one on May 17, tackles the defense of talc cases, the new trend in asbestos litigation. Some of the topics discussed will be understanding your client’s particular contamination issue, how crucial particular types of experts are necessary and used in talc cases, and tackling state of the art, especially in regard to cosmetic talc.


Seminar two, on May 24, explores the subject of peer review literature for effective cross examination and evidence exclusion at Trial in light of the Davis v. Honeywell decision.

Defense verdict for ITKC client sued in alleged unfair competition and business tort lawsuit

ITKC client Bruce Chalmers, along with two other co-defendants, were sued on 15 causes of action, including claims for unfair competition, intentional inference with economic advantage, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and conversion in the case of Pneuma International, Inc. v. Yong Kwon Cho, et al. (ASC HG 15-756006). Plaintiff alleged that Defendants engaged in conduct which interfered with Plaintiff’s business relationships with vendors and customers and caused disruption to Plaintiff’s business website and email domain. Chalmers in turn, brought a cross-complaint for affirmative relief against Pneuma International, Inc. alleging breach of an investment/shareholder agreement based on Pneuma’s failure to deliver and honor shares in the company purchased by Chalmers under that agreement, to pay him commissions from sales to two customers introduced by him to the company, and to make additional profit-sharing payments required under the agreement.   


Following a three week long bench trial before the Alameda Superior Court Judge Jo-Lynne Lee, Stephen Carlson recently obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of defendant Chalmers on all causes of action and in the cross-action an award of $219,638.37 damages, plus attorney’s fees and costs.