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DuPont Faces Potential Punitive Damages at Toxic Indiana Site

July 27, 2021, 3:09 PM

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. must face claims of negligence, nuisance, and potential punitive damages from property owners in East Chicago, Ind., who said contamination from the company’s operations drove down their property values and caused emotional distress.

DuPont and Atlantic Richfield Co. “kept secret and failed to notify” nearby property owners of their operations’ emissions and their potential health effects, the owners said. Their allegations were sufficient to support some of their claims, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana said Monday.

Once the property owners were aware of the contamination, their fear of ...

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