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USA: DuPont settles 3550 claims over illnesses linked to pollution for $671 million

"DuPont settles lawsuits over Teflon-making chemical leak", 13 Feb 2017

DuPont and Chemours Co said on Monday they had agreed to pay about $671 million in cash to settle several lawsuits related to the leak of a toxic chemical, used to make Teflon, that has been linked to cancer and other diseases.  The company said it settled about 3,550 personal injury claims arising from the leak of perfluorooctanoic acid...The leak allegedly contaminated local water supplies and has been linked to six diseases...Both companies denied any wrongdoing.  "We look forward to working with DuPont to finalize this settlement and get these injured class members paid as quickly as possible," Rob Bilott, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in a statement...In 2001, residents brought a class action against DuPont over C-8 exposure. The company agreed in 2004 to fund medical monitoring programs and install new water treatment systems...Members of the class action lawsuit, suffering from one of the diseases, then individually sued DuPont.  The company agreed not to challenge whether C-8 can cause those diseases, but plaintiffs still must prove it is to blame for their individual illnesses...[Also refers to Dow Chemical]

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