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USA: Jury in DuPont lawsuit orders company to pay $500,000 in punitive damages for carcinogenic chemical exposure

"DuPont must pay extra $500,000 in lawsuit over Teflon-making chemical", 8 Jul 2016

U.S. jurors ordered DuPont on Friday to pay an additional $500,000 in punitive damages to a man who said he developed testicular cancer from exposure to a toxic chemical used to make Teflon at one of its plants, according to a lawyer for the plaintiff.

The same jury in Ohio federal court had awarded $5.1 million in compensatory damages on Wednesday to 57-year-old plaintiff David Freeman.

It is the second trial in which a jury has found DuPont liable for claims involving exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid...and it is the first time a jury has found that the company’s “actual malice” warranted an award of punitive damages...

...A first trial ended last year with an award of $1.6 million in compensatory damages to a woman who had kidney cancer, and no punitive damages. The federal judge overseeing the litigation has ordered DuPont to prepare for 40 trials a year starting in April 2017 for plaintiffs with cancers blamed on C-8 exposure...

 

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