The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on Thursday denied DuPont's request to declare a mistrial after a jury awarded damages of $50,000,000 to Plaintiffs for exposure to a type of PFAS produced by DuPont. PFAS, which are known as "forever chemicals" for their ability to persist in the environment, have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems. DuPont's failed mistrial Motion is the latest development in a wave of litigation with hundreds of cases pending across the U.S. against chemical companies who produced PFAS. The Ohio case is part of a long running collection of lawsuits from Ohio and West Virginia residents who claim DuPont's manufacturing facility near Parkersburg, West Virginia contaminated their water. DuPont, in 2017, reached a $670.7M settlement to end more than 3,000 cases from individuals alleging they became sick from exposure to PFAS; however, more than 100 additional cases have been filed since the settlement and wrapped together in a multi-district litigation proceeding.
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