Former Sailor Wins $35 Million Asbestos Suit

A former U.S. Navy sailor who was exposed to asbestos more than 50 years ago has won $35 million in a suit against two companies that manufactured the products that caused him to develop mesothelioma.

According to an article in Forbes, John R. “Jack” 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 and was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma in January of this year.

The Superior Court case took five weeks to complete but the jury took less than an hour to pronounce a guilty verdict against Florida-based Leslie Controls, a division of Circor International, and Massachusetts-based Warren Pumps. The companies, who were responsible for supplying asbestos-containing material to the Navy during Davis’ tenure, must each pay 7.1 percent of the damages. The remainder of the money, the article states, will come from several entities, including the United States Navy.

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

Warren Pumps claims they did not make the insulation to which Davis was exposed and representatives for Leslie Controls refused to comment on the outcome of the case.

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