Mar 03, 2020

DuPont to Pay $50 Million in PFAS Cancer Cases

DuPont Co. must pay a combined $50 million in damages for PFAS contaminated drinking water

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DuPont Co. must pay a combined $50 million to a testicular cancer survivor and his wife in Ohio for allegedly providing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contaminated drinking water.

There are more than 50 cases in which people are suing the company for illnesses related to contaminated drinking water.

The jury awarded Travis Abbott, cancer survivor, $40 million in compensatory damages and his wife $10 million in loss of consortium damages.

The Ohio jury was deadlocked over the claims brought by kidney cancer survivor Angela Swartz and her husband, however, reported the Bloomberg Environment. This case is awaiting a new trial.

“We’re disappointed the jury deadlocked in the Swartz case, but we’re happy they saw through all of DuPont’s excuses and found for the Abbott family,” said attorney Jon Conlin.

Dupont will not have to pay punitive damages because the jurors did not find that the company acted with actual malice in the handling of its response to its drinking water contamination, reported the Bloomberg Environment.

“The verdict was a product of district court rulings that severely and improperly limited our defenses in this case,” said DuPont in a statement. “We will vigorously challenge those rulings and the verdict on appeal.”

This combined trial is the first since Dupont entered a $670.7 million settlement to end roughly 3,500 pending cases in 2017 for plaintiffs seeking damages for illnesses allegedly coming from the company's pollution, reported the Bloomberg Environment

According to Conlin, there are roughly 50 kidney cancer suits that will be filed soon.

DuPont’s attorneys are fighting the verdict. The company filed a motion for a mistrial, asking the judge to throw out the jury’s findings due to a jury dispute that made local headlines.

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