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WELDING INDUSTRY WINS MADISON COUNTY WELDING FUME TRIAL

Jury Verdict Marks Another Significant Industry Victory

Madison County, Ill and Washington, DC, December 1, 2005 – John Beisner, attorney for several current and former welding rod manufacturers, today issued the following statement regarding the defense verdict in the Boren case, which was returned today after a four-week trial in Madison County, Illinois:

“We’re particularly pleased that this Madison County jury has joined the numerous other juries who have heard and rejected these baseless claims. The verdict in this case further illustrates that there is no causal link between mild steel welding and Parkinson’s disease or any other Parkinson’s-like movement disorder, and that these cases are entirely without merit.

“This verdict, which is the industry’s second defense verdict in Madison County, demonstrates that the 2003 Elam verdict – the only plaintiff’s verdict in the history of this litigation – was indeed an aberration. Despite all their hype, plaintiffs cannot establish causation in these cases because it just isn't there.

“The welding industry will continue to defend itself vigorously against these suits and is confident in its ability to continue to demonstrate to juries that these claims are without merit.”

Lead defense trial counsel in the Boren case was D. Patterson Gloor of Cassiday Schade & Gloor, L.L.P.

For additional information about this litigation, please go to www.weldinginfonetwork.com.

Contacts:
John Beisner, Esq.
O’Melveny & Myers
202-383-5300

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