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DuPont loses another ‘bellwether’ C8 lawsuit

A series of lawsuits contend that DuPont's Washington Works chemical plant on the Ohio River west of Parkersburg, West Virgina dumped toxins into the river that have sickened thousands of people. photo: Craig Holman | Dispatch  photo

A series of lawsuits contend that DuPont’s Washington Works chemical plant on the Ohio River west of Parkersburg, West Virgina dumped toxins into the river that have sickened thousands of people. photo: Craig Holman | Dispatch photo

COLUMBUS — “David Freeman hugged Michael Papantonio after a federal court jury awarded him $5.1 million on Wednesday in his lawsuit against DuPont.

The Marietta College professor might give his attorney a bear hug later this week after the same jury, which decided the company had acted with malice when it dumped C8-tainted water into the Ohio River, awards him punitive damages.

The jury of four women and three men in U.S. District Court in Columbus said the chemical giant was responsible for Freeman’s testicular cancer. Freeman is among 3,500 plaintiffs who contend the chemical found its way into their drinking water and caused their illnesses.

C8 is a detergent-like chemical that was used to make Teflon at DuPont’s Washington Works plant outside Parkersburg, W.Va. The plaintiffs are from Ohio and West Virginia towns along the river.”

— Earl Rinehart, Columbus Dispatch

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