Hollingsworth LLP Secures Major Defense Verdict for Clients Sterigenics and Sotera Health in Cook County, Illinois Trial.



Complex Litigation

On November 18, 2022, a Cook County, Illinois jury returned a verdict in favor of Firm clients Sterigenics and Sotera Health, LLC after a twenty-eight day trial involving a plaintiff’s claims that emissions of ethylene oxide from Sterigenics medical-device sterilization facility in Willowbrook, Illinois, caused her T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and miscarriage. The jury deliberated for approximately eleven hours before rendering the defense verdict.

Fornek v. Sterigenics is the second case to be tried arising out of the operations of the facility in Willowbrook. The defense verdict follows another Cook County jury’s award of significant damages in the first case to be tried.

Sterigenics and Sotera Health were represented at trial by Robert E. Johnston, William J. Cople III, Marchello D. Gray, Brett S. Covington, Gary Feldon, Aleksandra Rybicki, and Sebastian Ovalle.