Jurors to decide blame in DuPont, chemical illness lawsuit


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jurors in an Ohio federal court are poised to decide whether DuPont’s C8 chemical caused a man to get cancer and — if so — whether it acted in “conscious disregard” by dumping it from its plant in West Virginia into the Ohio River.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/29h9Kov ) testimony in the Columbus courtroom concluded last week in the case against the Delaware-based chemical company. Jurors are expected to begin deliberations on Tuesday.

There are 3,500 lawsuits alleging a link between illnesses and the company’s discharging of the chemical into the river.

In this case, David Freeman, of Washington County, says he got testicular cancer because of C8, which was used to make Teflon.

Freeman, 56, says in his lawsuit that residents along the river suffered from C8 in tainted drinking water, which he blamed for his sickness.

DuPont maintains there were only small the amounts of C8 in drinking water — not enough to be harmful.

Dawn Jackson, a former spokeswoman for DuPont’s Ohio River plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, has testified she never knew of any concerns about C8 being dumped into the river when she told residents the water was safe to drink.

An attorney for Freeman showed Jackson internal company documents and memos about concerns with C8, many of which she said she had never seen before.

Freeman’s case is among the first few cases to be heard. In one now under appeal, jurors awarded $1.6 million to a woman who got cancer.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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