NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Douglas & London partner Gary Douglas secured a $12.5 million verdict, including $10.5 million in punitive damages against DuPont for dumping a toxic chemical known as C8 into the drinking water supply and causing Kenneth Vigneron's testicular cancer. This is the largest verdict yet against DuPont in the multidistrict litigation.
Douglas told the jury in his closing argument at trial:
"DuPont's responsible for whatever that C8 does in the community… [b]ut they take no responsibility for it. Make them own it. Our founding fathers created this system of justice so that regular folks like you could have the power to look at big corporations and powerful people on an equal playing field and hold them accountable if they committed an injustice."
Following the verdict, Douglas commented that "the jury sent DuPont a message that they need to finally take ownership of their actions. DuPont has recklessly acted with impunity for more than 50 years while they quietly dumped millions and millions of pounds of cancer causing C8 into the Ohio River and the drinking water of the unsuspecting men, women, and children from communities along the Ohio River Valley to whom they referred in internal documents to as "human receptors." Even after one of the largest fines in EPA history, DuPont continued to act with impunity. ... We hope that this verdict will get DuPont's attention."
Gary Douglas served as lead trial counsel with assistance from Wesley Bowden of the Levin Papantonio law firm and Rob Bilott of the Taft law firm.
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