DuPont Hit With $5.1M Verdict In 2nd Cancer Bellwether Trial

Law360, New York (July 6, 2016, 3:35 PM EDT) -- An Ohio federal jury on Wednesday awarded $5.1 million to a man who says DuPont's chemical dumping caused his cancer and found DuPont liable for actual malice, triggering a punitive damages phase in the second bellwether trial.

The Ohio federal jury delivered its verdict on Wednesday afternoon, less than a day after hearing closing arguments in the month-long trial.

The cancer survivor, David Freeman, contends that  E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.'s 20th-century dominance in products like Teflon, Stainmaster carpet, and Gore-Tex fabric was accompanied by the continuous dumping of carcinogenic waste into the river that separates Ohio and West Virginia. Freeman, an Ohio...

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