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Mesothelioma Lawsuit Results in $1.2M Verdict Over Drilling Mud Additive

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A Texas jury awarded $1.2 million last week to the wife of an engineer who died from mesothelioma cancer, allegedly caused by working with asbestos-laden additives to drilling lubricants.

The lawsuit, filed against Montello, Inc., Union Carbide, and other defendants, charged that asbestos in cement additives and drilling mud additives used by the Dowell Company caused Danny Puckett to contract mesothelioma. Puckett, who worked for the Dowell Company from 1975 to 1985, died from mesothelioma earlier this year.

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