Va. High Court Sinks Some Awards In Maritime Death Cases

Law360, New York (March 2, 2012, 4:18 PM EST) -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that maritime law doesn't allow nonpecuniary damages like pain and suffering for the wrongful death of a seaman, partially overturning a $3 million judgment stemming from a former U.S. Navy sailor's death from asbestos-related cancer.

The widow of Robert Eugene Hardick, who died of mesothelioma in 2009, won a Virginia wrongful death suit against gasket maker John Crane Inc. in 2010, saying Hardick was exposed to asbestos from Crane's products while doing maintenance work on Navy ships.

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