DuPont Jury Reaches Verdict

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman who says she got cancer after drinking water contaminated by a chemical from a DuPont plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, has been awarded $1.6 million.

Her lawsuit is one of two test cases that could influence thousands of similar lawsuits about the chemical company’s discharging of C8 into the Ohio River and drinking water.

Jurors reached their decision Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Columbus.

Attorneys for Guysville resident Carla Bartlett argue Delaware-based DuPont  long knew about C8 risks but downplayed or hid that from the public. They say DuPont  tested the blood of employees who worked with C8.

DuPont Co. attorney Damon Mace told jurors that workers drank the same water as residents.

DuPont  says it will appeal.