Ohio Federal Jury Awards $10.5 Million in Punitive Damages Against Dupont

An Ohio federal jury has awarded $10.5 million in punitive damages in a case involving cancer caused by dumping chemicals into the Ohio River. An Ohio man brought suit against chemical giant, DuPont, showing that, for decades, the company had dumped an ingredient used in the manufacture of the non-stick coating, Teflon, into the air and water at a West Virginia factory. The plaintiff proved that the chemical caused a cancer cluster in a number of Ohio water districts. The jury had awarded the plaintiff $2 million in compensatory damages in the first phase of the trial. Punitive damages are awarded in addition to compensation of a plaintiff to make an example of a malicious or grossly negligent defendant, and to deter the defendant and others from similar future misconduct.

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