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This undated file photo provided by Jean Sartoris shows a zinc-smelting operation from Sartoris’ back yard when the plant was still in business in Spelter, W.Va. AP photo.
UPDATED: Oddly, the public notice — the only document released so far that contains the figures for the legal fees and costs — has been removed from the Web site set up by the parties to the lawsuit. So that link above is dead. I’ve reposted it here on the Gazette’s Web site.
Recall that DuPont had appealed a nearly $400 million verdict against the company and parts of the case had been scheduled for retrial next March before Judge Bedell. The settlement covers about 8,500 current and former residents of the area, according to court records.