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Asbestos Exposure: Oregon Couple Wins $5.4 Million Verdict

A jury in Oregon awarded a couple $5.4 million after a man was exposed to asbestos at work for decades and now suffers from mesothelioma.  According to, the verdict may be reduced due to state laws regarding punitive damages and the fact that one of the man’s employers, the U.S. Navy may be immune from certain responsibility. The man, now 75, was exposed to asbestos while serving in the Navy for four years during the 1960s. He worked with gaskets that contained the material during his service, manufactured by John Crane Inc. Additionally, during his employment as a pipefitter following his military service, he was also exposed to asbestos. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015. Oregonlive reports that jurors determined that John Crane Inc. must pay $3 million in punitive damages relating to his diagnosis and health problems. Attorneys were able to argue that the company knew about…
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