A Virginia man, Bert Minton, was awarded one of Virginia’s largest personal injury verdicts in a case involving his asbestos exposure in the 1960s and 70s on Exxon commercial oil tankers while working as a shipfitter. After a two-week Circuit Court trial, the jury awarded Minton $25 million for his asbestos exposure and asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma. The Plaintiffs argued that Exxon knew about the dangers of asbestos and its link to cancer as early as the 1940s and knew by the 1960s that it caused mesothelioma. Plaintiffs argued that despite this knowledge, Exxon did not warn shipyard workers, such as Minton. Exxon argued that the shipyard was responsible for worker safety and that there was not strong evidence that the Plaintiff was exposed to asbestos on an Exxon ship.