Virginia Jury Awards $9.25M for Mesothelima Death

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May 3, 2007


The widow of a former shipyard worker who died from exposure to asbestos while building Navy aircraft carriers was awarded $9.25 million by a Newport News, Virginia jury.

The deceased worker was in daily contact with asbestos from 1963 to 1974. He retired in 1994 and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2004. Mesothelioma can remain latent in the body for 40 years.

Sixty percent of the total verdict, $5.55 million, is to be paid by John Crane, Inc., a multinational company that manufactured gaskets and sealants made with asbestos. Garlock Sealing Technologies, a company that made the same kind of products, had already settled for an undisclosed amount by the time this case went to trial.

The verdict comes less than a year after the same attorney, Bobby Hatten of Newport News, tried another mesothelioma case to a $10.4 million verdict in the Newport News Circuit Court. This case was also tried to verdict against John Crane, Inc., with Garlock Sealing Technologies and Johns Manville having settled out prior to trial.

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