By Adam W. Pittman on December 6, 2022
Cory Watson has always been honored to stand up for our clients by taking on the big corporations who wronged them. Our experienced attorneys understand that often, the fight for justice is a marathon – not a sprint – and sometimes it requires a jury to make a defendant appreciate the full extent of the harm it caused our clients.
After initially filing a lawsuit in November 2017, a Columbus, Ohio jury unanimously reached a verdict in March 2020 that held DuPont responsible for two separate testicular cancer diagnoses to Travis Abbott and awarded him $40 million in compensatory damages. Following the ruling DuPont requested a significant reduction in the amount of compensation and for a new trial.
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However, in a 32-page order, U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus issued a final ruling that awarded Mr. and Mrs. Abbott $40.3 million for their combined damages and suffering, denied DuPont’s request for a new trial, and denied its request to reduce Mr. Abbott’s award. “We are very pleased with the Court’s most recent ruling in this case,” said Cory Watson Principal Attorney Jon Conlin. “Despite multiple motions from DuPont trying to overturn the jury’s $40 million dollar award to Travis Abbott, the Court correctly upheld the verdict and agreed that the evidence in our case clearly supported the Abbotts’ multi-million-dollar awards.”
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“Travis Abbott suffered devastating injuries because of the company’s decades-long dumping of the forever chemical PFOA (C8) into the community drinking water,” Conlin said. “While Ohio Tort Reform did result in a reduction in Julie Abbott’s award to the maximum allowed statutory cap, Travis’ sum will remain fully intact.”
DECEMBER 2022 UPDATE
On Monday, Dec. 5, a panel upheld an Ohio jury’s $40 million verdict against DuPont for allegedly contaminating the Abbotts’ drinking water with PFAS, also known as a, “forever chemical,” ultimately causing Mr. Abbott’s testicular cancer.
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“DuPont entered into a binding class contract almost 20 years ago, and it has spent practically every minute since then trying to deny responsibility and avoid the costs of its conduct. Hopefully after this opinion, that avoidance stops now,” Conlin said.
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Attorneys Jon C. Conlin, F. Jerome Tapley, Mitchell Theodore, Beth Chambers and Brett Thompson are honored to represent the plaintiffs and secure a $40.3 million judgment on behalf of the Abbott family.
The case is Swartz, et al. v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 2:18-cv-136, and Abbott v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., S.D. Ohio, Case No. 2:17-cv-998.
About Cory Watson Attorneys Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally-recognized personal injury law firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama as well as Memphis, and Nashville, Tennessee. The firm has recovered more than $3 billion for clients across the country. Cory Watson Attorneys are frequently at the forefront of major class actions and multidistrict litigations involving product liability related to serious injuries from defective products, and are often appointed to leadership positions in national cases. Firm practice areas include Personal Injury, Product Liability, Class Action, Asbestos, Business & Commercial Litigation, Dangerous Pharmaceuticals, Defective Medical Devices, and Environmental/Toxic Torts.