A Newport News jury has awarded a former shipyard employee $25 million in his lawsuit against Exxon for asbestos-related medical problems.
The verdict was one of the largest jury verdicts ever handed down in Virginia.
The Circuit Court jury began deliberating Wednesday and reached the verdict Thursday after a two-week trial.
The Daily Press reports that 72-year-old Bert Minton of Carolton worked on 17 Exxon commercial oil tankers as a shipfitter and then a repair supervisor at Newport News Shipbuilding in the 1960s and '70s.
He contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer that doctors said resulted from his exposure while working at the shipyard.
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