Nicole MacKenzie of Williams Kastner in Seattle assisted national counsel in the re-trial of an asbestos case against a Williams Kastner client, a manufacturer and supplier of dryer felts.  Decedent had admitted working with and around miles of thermal insulation at a refinery in Texas, yet alleged his work around dryer felts caused his mesothelioma.  The case was originally tried to verdict in 2009 against Williams Kastner’s client and another dryer felt manufacturer, for a $10 million verdict.  The verdict was appealed on several grounds, including failure to conduct a proper Daubert review in allowing the testimony of certain plaintiffs’ experts.  The re-trial was successful in excluding one of plaintiffs’ experts and significantly limiting two others on Daubert challenges.  The jury trial lasted approximately two weeks, with the jury returning a plaintiff verdict where the economic damages had been stipulated to $750,000 and just $306,000 in non-economic damages were awarded.  Plaintiffs had collected in excess of $1.3 million in prior settlements and payments from bankruptcy trusts before settling with the other dryer felt manufacturer for an undisclosed amount believed to be in excess of $1 million.  As a result, the entire verdict should be offset, leaving Williams Kastner’s client owing nothing.