WURTLAND, KY — A jury has ruled that DuPont
was grossly negligent for a chemical spill that affected hundreds at its plant in Wurtland, Kentucky, in 2004, according to the Business Courier of Cincinnati
The jury awarded six plaintiffs, who were represented by the law firm Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley
, a total of roughly $1.3 million in damages for injuries they suffered as a result of the chemical release, the story stated.
According to the story, the punitive damages were calculated at a rate of 10 times the compensatory damages awarded by the jury.
Court testimony states that a cloud of toxic sulfuric acid was created over a large area of Kentucky because of a cracked pipe at the plant; DuPont was sued in 1997 for a similar accident at the same plant two years prior.
A jury, which will apply the same punitive damage multiplier to all additional plaintiffs, will consider claims by 173 additional alleged victims of the incident, the story noted.
A large number of those suing DuPont are police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel who responded to the scene when the leak occurred, the story added.