A jury in Virginia has returned a $25 million verdict in a mesothelioma lawsuit filed against Exxon Mobil by a former shipyard worker.
According to Newport News Circuit Court documents, the lawsuit was filed by 72 year-old Rupert Minton, who was a repair supervisor at Newport News Shipbuilding from 1966 to 1977. The lawsuit claimed Minton worked on 17 Exxon oil tankers, where he was exposed to asbestos and contracted mesothelioma. Minton has been told by doctors that he has about two years left to live.
The Newport News jury awarded Minton $12.4 million in compensatory damages and $12.5 million in punitive damages. The decision came after a three-week trial and only one day of jury deliberation.
Exxon Mobil is expected to appeal the decision, which will likely extend the litigation beyond Minton’s life expectancy.
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