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Another C8 trial against DuPont underway

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Another trial is underway in federal court in Ohio against DuPont for the impacts of its C8 pollution. As the Columbus Dispatch reports:

Kenneth Vigneron Sr. is a regular guy who likes to hunt with his buddies and do the best for his four kids, his attorney said Tuesday in federal court in Columbus.

This week, though, the 56-year-old truck driver from Washington County, Ohio, is the focus of another multimillion-dollar lawsuit against DuPont over the C8 chemical it used to make Teflon, the nonstick coating on pots and pan.

Plaintiffs have said they contracted myriad diseases after DuPont dumped C8-contaminated water into the Ohio River and spewed C8 from its smokestacks, both at DuPont’s Washington Works Plant south of Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Here’s a copy of the original complaint filed on Vigneron’s behalf in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. As we’ve reported before:

Attorneys in more than 3,500 lawsuits pending against DuPont in U.S. District Court in Columbus have been trying to get answers about how the DuPont transactions affect which corporate entity is responsible for damages sought by residents who drank water contaminated by DuPont’s decades-long manufacture of C8 at its Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg … 

So far, juries awarded verdicts against DuPont for a total of $7.2 million in two of the C8 cases that have gone to trial. Three other cases have settled for undisclosed amounts. Another case is set for trial in November and the judge has indicated that 40 more cases alleging C8 caused cancer will go to trial in 2017.