Volume 95 Issue 5 | pp. 17-19
Issue Date: January 30, 2017

DuPont’s PFOA trials are off to a shaky start

Three wins and three settlements, but so far no progress on a class action agreement with plaintiffs over perfluoroctanoic acid contamination of drinking water
Department: Business
Keywords: pollution, litigation, PFOA, personal injury, law suit, bankruptcy, liability, settlement

Two weeks ago, the eighth of more than 3,500 personal injury cases pending against DuPont for contaminating drinking water in Ohio and West Virginia went to trial in a Columbus, Ohio, federal court.

The hearing pits plaintiff Larry Moody against DuPont. Moody claims that he developed testicular cancer and high cholesterol from drinking water laced with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a processing aid DuPont used to make fluoropolymers such as Teflon.

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