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Navy veteran awarded $32 million in asbestos lawsuit

A New York state jury awarded a cancer-stricken U.S. Navy veteran $32 million last week for his claims that Crane Co. and Elliott Turbomachinery Co. Inc. negligently failed to warn him about the dangers of their asbestos-containing products.

After a nine-week trial before Judge Joan Madden, the jury returned its verdict on Wednesday, awarding plaintiff Ronald Dummitt - who performed maintenance on the plaintiffs' products while working aboard seven U.S. Navy ships from 1960 to 1977 and then later developed pleural mesothelioma