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Oregon Jury Awards $5 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Trial Against John Crane; Defendant Assessed 20 Percent Liability

PORTLAND, Ore. –– An Oregon jury has awarded more than $5.7 million at the conclusion of an asbestos trial involving claims of a former pipefitter, finding John Crane was negligent, that its asbestos-containing products were defectively designed and that the defendant failed to warn the plaintiffs about dangers associated its product.

The Oregon Circuit Court for Multnomah County jury reached the verdict on Aug. 4 after three weeks of trial and two days of deliberations. Hon. Stephen K. Bushong presided over the trial.

The underlying claims were brought by Robert and Bonnie Sprague, who contended that Robert Sprague’s mesothelioma ...

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