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Federal Judge: Lawsuit Against DuPont Will Continue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against chemical giant DuPont that is serving as the first of two test cases that could potentially help settle more than 3,500 similar lawsuits.

The complaint by an Ohio woman alleges the Delaware-based company knew the potentially dangerous risks posed by a chemical its plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia had been depositing into the Ohio River, but declined to inform the public.

DuPont unsuccessfully asked judge Edmund Sargus on Thursday to dismiss the case.

Sargus agreed to read motions filed by DuPont that argue the evidence doesn’t support the awarding of punitive damages.

Thousands of lawsuits allege DuPont’s dumping of a chemical known as C8 into local drinking water caused diseases including cancer.