Punitive Awards Test DuPont's Plan To Shed Cancer Liabilities

By Cara Salvatore (January 23, 2017, 6:41 PM EST) -- When DuPont spun off its Chemours business more than a year ago, it did so in part to shed potential cancer liabilities caused by decades' worth of Teflon manufacturing waste. But as the legal bill grows, experts believe that the punitive damages awarded in recent trials present grounds for the spinoff to fight back.

Following a punitive damages award Jan. 5, DuPont Co. now faces a total of $19.7 million in liability over cancers arising from the chemical C8, or PFOA, a surfactant once used in manufacturing Teflon and many other nonstick coatings — and which DuPont dumped from a West...

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