Respondent Optical Coating Laboratory, Inc.'s brief on appeal in the case of Clark v. OCLI et al. deals in large part with evidentiary rulings that were almost entirely upheld on appeal.
The case was brought by 32 plaintiffs claiming a variety of injuries alleged to have been caused by the migration of PCE and TCE through groundwater into their drinking wells. The first trial of the matter ended in mistrial (after 2 months) and after partial disposition of the case through this appeal, the case was remanded for retrial to the Sonoma County Superior Court, where it took 4-1/2 months to complete. After the longest civil trial in Sonoma County history, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for OCLI and its co-defendants in little over two hours.
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