La. Jury Awards $12M To Mesothelioma Victim

Law360, New York (July 2, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana state jury on Thursday awarded $12 million to a former shipbuilder who was diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in products made by Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Mundet Cork Co., his attorney said.

Rick Nemeroff of Nemeroff Law Firm said that plaintiff Frederick Schulte was diagnosed with epithelioid mesothelioma in October 2011 after experiencing fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain.

Schulte worked for years as a shipfitter and ironfitter for McDermott Inc. Shipyard in Louisiana, where he serviced and replaced gaskets, piping and valves on World War II-era quarter boats. There, he worked with asbestos pipe...

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