United States Jury Orders Du Pont to pay $10.5 Million on Toxic Chemical Leak

A U.S. jury residing in Ohio has ordered Du Pont (E.I) De Nemours & Co., Inc. (NYSE: DD) to pay $10.5 million in punitive damages to a man that developed testicular cancer. The man claimed that exposure to a toxic chemical that had leaked from a Du Pont plant had caused the cancer to develop.

A federal jury had awarded Kenneth Vigneron $2 million in December. This has been the third occasion where the jury in Columbus, Ohio federal court have found Du Pont liable for injuries on individuals linked to perfluorooctanoic acid.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) (conjugate base perfluorooctanoate, also known as C8, is a synthetic perfluorinated carboxylic acid and fluorosurfactant. One industrial application is as a surfactant in the emulsion polymerization of fluoropolymers. PFOA is used to make Teflon.

Du Pont has also faced over 3,000 lawsuits over its leak in Parkersburg, WestVirgina plant.  The chemical leak has contaminated water supplies and has been linked to six diseases, such as kidney and testicular cancer. 

The plaintiff’s lawyer Robert Bilott said, “The jury has sent a strong message that we hope Du Pont will listen to.”

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