The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a $40 million verdict against E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co, preserving a legal win for an Ohio man who said toxic “forever chemicals” released by the company into drinking water caused his cancer.
DuPont had asked the high court in June to review the case, saying its defense was hamstrung during Travis Abbott’s 2020 trial.
The company said Abbott’s case is unique, as are the thousands of lawsuits alleging that a West Virginia DuPont plant discharged cancer-causing Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) into the Ohio River consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Ohio federal court. DuPont claimed a lower court improperly restricted it from contesting findings that it negligently exposed people to PFOA from lawsuits that were tried earlier as test trials, or “bellwethers.”
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