DuPont Cleanup Appeal Before West Virginia Supreme Court

September 10, 2008

A group of West Virginians who won nearly $400 million in damages in a DuPont pollution case got their chance to ask the West Virginia Supreme Court for a little more.

The Supreme Court heard a motion Tuesday that asks the court to hear a motion seeking to reinstate 300 people to a property cleanup plan that would cost DuPont an additional $5 million. The plaintiffs contend a Harrison County Circuit judge erred in keeping the additional property owners out of the cleanup near a former zinc-smelting plant in Spelter.

The trial judge ruled the land owners were bound by valid and enforceable settlements they signed in 1928 with Grasselli Chemical Co., a forerunner of a DuPont chemical department.

The motion, which DuPont opposes, is separate from the company’s appeal of the case.

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