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Shipfitter Awarded $12Million Asbestos Mesothelioma Settlement

July 19, 2012

New Orleans, LA: A former shipbuilder who had brought a asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit against Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Mundet Cork Co. has been awarded $12 million for his illness.

According to Law360, Frederick Schulte worked as a shipfitter and ironfitter for McDermott In. Shipyard where he regularly dealt with old piping, valves, and gaskets on quarter boats used in World War II. Court documents would later confirm that the piping he handled contained asbestos and was manufactured by Mundet Cork.

Schulte went on to also work at Avondale Shipyards where he was exposed to partitions, furniture, walls, and bulkheads on Coast Guard cutters as radar technician.

In October, 2011 Schulte was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His mesothelioma lawsuit that followed he claimed that the airborne asbestos he inhaled while regularly handling asbestos at his former jobs was the reason for his mesothelioma diagnosis.

In addition to Crown Cork & Seal and Westinghouse, Crane Co., Reilly Benton, International Paper Co., and Crosby Valve, McDermott, and Avondale were also named in the mesothelioma lawsuit for withholding information about the dangers of asbestos.

It only took 10 months following Schulte' mesothelioma diagnosis for him to receive his lawsuit ruling and $12 million award.

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