Los Angeles – A former Navy sailor who was exposed to asbestos more than 50 years ago has been awarded $35.1 million in compensatory damages after he was diagnosed with cancer. 

John R. "Jack" Davis was diagnosed in January with pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer linked to asbestos, in January 2007.

In his lawsuit, Davis claimed his illness was triggered by exposure to asbestos-containing pipes and valves during his Navy and private-sector career. Davis had been a boiler tender with the Navy.

The Superior Court jury deliberated for less than a day before returning their verdict Friday after a five-week trial.

The verdict includes $100,000 for economic damages; $25 million for Davis' pain and suffering; and $10 million for Davis' wife.

The defendants were Florida-based Leslie Controls and Massachusetts-based Warren Pumps. The companies, who supplied asbestos-containing material to the Navy, must each pay 7.1 percent of the damages.

The rest of the money will come from several entities including the Navy.

Attorneys for Warren Pumps argued that their firm didn't make the asbestos-containing insulation Davis was exposed to.

An attorney for Leslie Controls could not be reached for comment.



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