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Santa Monica Jury Rejects Claims of Catastrophic Brain Injury From Exposure to Mold; Plaintiff Faces Motions for Attorney Fees and Costs
Date:3/22/2010

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Early this week, a Santa Monica jury returned a defense verdict in a closely watched toxic tort case involving allegations of catastrophic brain injury from alleged mold exposure. Plaintiff Steve White alleged he contracted allergic fungal sinusitis which led to permanent neurological damage caused by a brain abscess, as a result of alleged toxic mold exposure while living at a Simi Valley apartment complex. Mr. White's undisputed medical costs were in excess of $264,000. The jury trial took place in Santa Monica, California before the Honorable Jacqueline A. Conner.

White alleged at trial that one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts which managed his apartment was responsible for his injuries, demanding $2.5 million going into trial. Representing the defense in this matter were Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman partners Victoria Ersoff and Seymore Everett. Plaintiff was represented by three attorneys from the Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer, including prominent trial attorney Brian D. Witzer. Mr. Witzer is considered by some to be the foremost plaintiff's counsel in the field of toxic environmental litigation, having received almost $25 million dollars in a single settlement for a "toxic mold" case, which remains the highest result during trial achieved in the U.S. f
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