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5 Jan 2017

Earl Rinehart, The Columbus Dispatch (USA)

USA: Jury orders DuPont to pay $10.5 million to man with cancer caused by toxic chemical pollution

"Jury awards $10.5 million in punitive damages in DuPont cancer case", 5 Jan 2017

Jurors who awarded a man $10.5 million in punitive damages Thursday morning apparently heeded his attorney’s call to punish DuPont for causing his cancer...The company must also pay attorney fees...The jury found last month that the chemical company tainted Ohio River Valley water sources with C8, a chemical used to make...Teflon product, and waited decades to reveal it could cause cancer.  They awarded Vigneron, a 56-year-old truck driver, $2 million in compensatory damages.  They also found that the company acted maliciously, with a conscious disregard for safety, meaning...man was eligible for punitive damages...Thursday's was the largest punitive damages award of the three trials heard so far in Columbus...U.S. Chief District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. heard the three C8 cases and will preside at the next one...beginning Jan. 17.  In May, several judges will hear C8 cases in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia...