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Dupont, Chemours agree to $670.7M settlement in C8 cases

The DuPont name appears above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Credit: AP file photo

COLUMBUS — “DuPont Co. said this morning that a $670.7 million ‘global settlement’ had been reached to resolve thousands of lawsuits from Mid-Ohio Valley residents who say they were made sick by exposure to the chemical C8 from the company’s Parkersburg manufacturing plant.

In a press release, DuPont said the ‘agreement in principle’ would settle 3,550 personal injury cases. DuPont would pay half and Chemours, a spin-off company from DuPont, would pay the other half. Both companies continue to deny any wrongdoing, the press release said.

The cases are pending in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, where in the latest of three trials so far a federal jury ordered DuPont to pay $2 million in compensation and $10.5 million in punitive damages to a Washington County, Ohio, man who contracted testicular cancer after being exposed to the company’s C8 pollution.

— Ken Ward Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail

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