DuPont Gets $7M Leukemia Liability Award Tossed

By Emma Cueto (May 9, 2018, 9:29 PM EDT) -- A Texas state appellate court has overturned a $7 million jury award to an industrial painter who claimed his leukemia was caused by exposure to a chemical found in paint and thinners manufactured by DuPont Co., ruling the patient's experts did not base their testimony on reliable evidence.

The court found Tuesday that one expert for Virgil Hood had no basis for some of the values he put into a computer model that calculated Hood's likely exposure, and that another expert had based her conclusion that benzene exposure likely caused Hood's cancer on studies that did not apply to Hood's situation...

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