Jury Hands Deceased Popcorn Worker $7.5M

Law360, New York (March 12, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal jury rendered a $7.5 million verdict in favor of an American Pop Corn Co. employee one day after the man died of lung and heart failure related to the condition he had claimed was caused by working with buttery flavoring used to make microwave popcorn.

The verdict Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa against Givaudan Flavors Corp. came after the 69-year-old plaintiff, Ronald Kuiper, passed away on Wednesday after years of battling a rare respiratory condition called bronchiolitis...
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