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Welcome to Robert W. Johnson & Associates

Robert W. Johnson & Associates, one of the nation's leading litigation economics consulting firms, specializes in quantifying and illustrating economic, non-economic and punitive damages.

We provide attorneys with accurate and understandable answers to complex litigation economics questions. Our forensic economists evaluate each case individually and provide the analysis you need to substantiate the client's present and future losses. We also offer a wide range of services to the legal community, including the evaluation and negotiation of structured settlements. read more

FEATURED CASES:
PUNITIVE DAMAGES

ECONOMIST "PRESENT VALUES" 30+ YEAR OLD DIVESTED ASSETS; JURY AWARDS $21 MILLION IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES

The plaintiff, John Casey, worked for 40 years as a plumber. In January of 2010 Mr. Casey was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

In the first phase of the trial, the jury awarded Mr. and Mrs. Casey a total of $21,273,421 in compensatory damages including $1,273,421 in economic damages, $15 Million in non-economic damages and $5 Million in loss of consortium damages. The jury also found that the threshold for deciding punitive damages had been met and additional testimony on Kaiser Gypsum’s financial condition would be required.

Economist James Mills testified not only to Kaiser Gypsum’s current financial health, wealth and economic status, but also to the history of their financial condition and, specifically, the current value of the assets the company had divested 30-40 years earlier (1970s and 1980s). read more...


ECONOMIST’S TESTIMONY ASSISTS JURY IN AWARDING $20 MILLION PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO WIDOW OF SMOKER

Harry W. Frankson began smoking in his early teenage years. He smoked unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes for over forty years until he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1998. Mr. Frankson died in February 1999 at the age of 58.

After his death, Gladys Frankson sued American Tobacco Company, original maker of Lucky Strike, in a product liability suit for failing to warn customers of the dangers of smoking. In 1995, American Tobacco merged with Brown and Williamson.

On December 18, 2003, the jury awarded Mr. Frankson’s estate a $350,000 verdict against Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corporation. The jury felt that Mr. Frankson was 50 percent responsible, which reduced his compensatory award to $175,000. The jury also determined that punitive damages would be assessed against the defendants. read more...


ECONOMIST’S TESTIMONY ASSISTS JURY IN $28 BILLION VERDICT AGAINST PHILIP MORRIS

The plaintiff, Betty Bullock, was a 63-year-old California woman who suffers from lung cancer. She started smoking in the 1950’s at the age of 17 and was diagnosed with cancer on February 19, 2001. It had since spread to her liver. She smoked cigarettes manufactured by Philip Morris, the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturer. Ms. Bullock was awarded $850,000 in compensatory damages (income and future medical expenses).

In this case, Robert W. Johnson testified not only to Philip Morris, Inc.’s current financial health, wealth and economic status, but also to cumulative financial data dating back to 1967. read more...


 

news flash
RWJA 2017 Year-End
Verdicts Summary

Robert W. Johnson & Associates compiles information each year on key verdicts and settlements in which the firm played a role. Key verdicts during 2017 included the personal injury case of Ekbatani v. United Independent Taxi Drivers, Inc., with a verdict of $35,000,000. Combined with seventeen other major cases during the year, Robert W. Johnson & Associates contributed financial testimony in verdicts and settlements amounting to $191,424,176.


Economic Expert James Mills Testifies at Over 250 Depositions

Robert W. Johnson & Associates congratulates economics expert James Mills. An employee of RWJA for over 12 years, Mr. Mills has testified in over 250 depositions.

Mr. Mills has also testified in trial 20 times. He has never failed to qualify as an economic expert at the trial level. His testimony has been accepted in state courts in Alameda, Fresno, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin and Ventura counties. Additionally he has been admitted as an economic expert in state courts in Oregon, Nevada and Washington.

Attorney’s Comments Regarding Mr. Mills’ punitive damages testimony at trial: "Mr. Mills helped the jury to understand the true financial condition of the defendant. Although the defendant has not operated for decades, Mr. Mills was able to examine historical documents, including old news releases, and explain to the jury in clear and understandable terms how that information revealed the defendant’s actual financial condition. Mr. Mills was able to take tax return information received during trial and convey that data to the jury in a way that supported his opinions and assisted them in their task.”


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