Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jurors Say DuPont Acted with Malice, Award $5M to Ill Man

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jurors Say DuPont Acted with Malice, Award $5M to Ill Man

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COLUMBUS, Ohio * The DuPont chemical company acted with malice by dumping chemical-tainted water from its West Virginia plant into the Ohio River, a federal jury said Wednesday in awarding $5.1 million in compensatory damages to a man who developed cancer.

The jury will meet Thursday to begin deciding the amount of punitive damages to be handed out.

There are 3,500 lawsuits alleging a link between illnesses and the Wilmington, Del.-based company's discharging of the chemical C8 into the river.

The ill man, David Freeman, said he got testicular cancer because of C8, which was used to make Teflon.

Freeman, 56, said in his lawsuit against the DuPont Co. that residents along the river suffered from C8 in tainted drinking water, which he blamed for his sickness. …

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