Ohio Man Awarded $500,000 in Punitive Damages in DuPont Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal jury says DuPont should pay $500,000 in punitive damages to an Ohio man in a chemical illness lawsuit.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the jury decided the amount Friday. Earlier this week, the same jury said DuPont Co. acted with malice by dumping chemical-tainted water from its West Virginia plant into the Ohio River.

Jurors awarded $5.1 million in compensatory damages to the Washington County man, who developed cancer.

A DuPont spokesman said Friday the verdict will be appealed, and jurors were misled about the risk of the chemical exposure.

The man, David Freeman, says he got testicular cancer because of C8 used to make Teflon. There are 3,500 lawsuits alleging a link between illnesses and the Wilmington, Delaware-based chemical company’s discharging of the chemical into the river.