Jury Clears Butter Flavor Co. In 'Popcorn Lung' Trial

Law360, New York (August 20, 2014, 4:54 PM EDT) -- New York-based flavor giant International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. won a jury verdict Tuesday in Iowa federal court, defeating an injury suit that claimed its butter flavoring, which contains the compound diacetyl, caused a man to develop a serious lung condition from microwaving popcorn containing that flavoring. 

After a seven-day trial, IFF defeated the suit brought by plaintiffs David and Barbara Stults, who had sought $27 million in compensatory damages against IFF and its unit Bush Boake Allen Inc. Their suit had claimed that David Stults developed the serious lung condition bronchiolitis obliterans, known informally as "popcorn lung," from microwaving Orville...

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