Kroger, Others On Hook For $7.2M In 'Popcorn Lung' Suit

Law360, New York (September 20, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT) -- A Colorado federal jury on Wednesday delivered a $7.2 million verdict to a Colorado man claiming he developed “popcorn lung,” a lung illness allegedly caused by chemicals found in the butter flavoring in microwave popcorn distributed by the Kroger Co. and others.

After a roughly two-week trial, Wayne Watson won the verdict against Chester, Ill.-based private label food maker Gilster-Mary Lee Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio-based grocery retailer Kroger and its unit Dillon Cos. Inc., after he argued the companies had not warned consumers that the butter flavor...
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