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Jury Finds DuPont Liable For 2004 Leak

Wed, 02/24/2010 - 3:36am

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A federal jury has found DuPont liable for a chemical leak that sickened and injured three people in northeastern Kentucky.

The Daily Independent in Ashland reports that the jury awarded damages totaling just over $9,000 to Arthellia Bates, Phillip Justice and Janet Senters in the second trial stemming from the October 2004 leak at the company's Wurtland plant.

The jury last week also found in favor of DuPont on the claims of five other people.

The jury awarded $9,000 to Justice and Senters and $5,000 to Bates. A different jury last year found DuPont grossly negligent in the leak.

Because of the gross negligence finding in the prior trial, the awards are multiplied times 10, giving Justice and Senters each a share of $90,317 and Bates $57,472.

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