Update: West Virginia Court Accepts Appeals in $400M DuPont Case

September 26, 2008

West Virginia’s Supreme Court agreed to a full review of appeals arising from a nearly $400 million judgment against DuPont.

A Harrison County jury awarded the damages to residents last year, after finding the chemical giant downplayed and lied about health threats at a former zinc smelting plant in Spelter.

The high court accepted DuPont’s appeal of the verdicts, and of the circuit judge’s order holding it liable for the conduct of the site’s previous owner.

They’ve been combined with an appeal from the plaintiffs, who want more people compensated for private property cleanups.

The consolidated argument hearing has not been set.

Justice Robin Davis voted to refuse each of the appeals.

Gov. Joe Manchin had urged the justices to accept the case, citing its $196 million punitive damage award.

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