Kroger Settles 'Popcorn Lung' Row After Landmark Award

Law360, New York (February 24, 2014, 4:11 PM EST) -- Grocery retail giant The Kroger Co. and Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. have settled a suit by a Colorado man who had won a landmark $5.8 million award against them after claiming he developed “popcorn lung,” an illness allegedly caused by the flavoring in microwave popcorn distributed by Kroger and others.

The plaintiffs Wayne Watson and his wife, Mary, settled with defendants including Chester, Ill.-based private label food maker Gilster-Mary Lee; Cincinnati, Ohio-based grocery retailer Kroger and its unit Dillon Cos. Inc., Ken McClain of Humphrey Farrington &...
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