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DuPont jury awards $15.5 million to plaintiff and his wife

(8/30/2005)--A Mississippi jury awarded $15.5 million to a plaintiff and his wife, who argued that his exposure to the DuPont plant’s toxic chemicals caused him to get cancer. The case, decided Aug. 26, was the first in approximately 2,000 claims against DuPont. The jury found that DuPont’s chemicals contaminated the air, soil, and water, and caused the plaintiff to contract multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. It awarded the plaintiff $14 million and his wife $1.5 million for loss of companionship. The jury is scheduled to decide if it will award punitive damages this week. DuPont says it will appeal the decision.

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