After four days of deliberations, the 10-person jury in the federal welding rod suit returned a verdict ruling on all counts against the plaintiff, Ernesto G. Solis, and for the industry defendants, Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., Hobart Brothers Co., TDY Industries Inc. and ESAB Group.
The jury returned to the courtroom at about 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, and announced their decision.
Solis, a civilian maintenance worker at a Navy base in Corpus Christi, Texas, claimed that years of contact with fumes from welding rods exposed him to toxic manganese and caused an illness – manganism – with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease.
He claimed that warning labels on containers of welding rods were not sufficient to protect him from the illness.
The civil suit was heard in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland, and was expected to set a a precedent for about 3,800 similar cases. All of the civil suits were consolidated before U.S. District Judge Kathleen O’Malley in Cleveland.