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Teflon Chemical Cases Face Uncertain Fate If Dow, DuPont Merge

Jan. 12, 2017, 4:55 PM

Uncertainty cloaks DuPont Co.'s liability for 3,500 toxic tort lawsuits over a Teflon-related chemical as the company proceeds toward a merger with Dow Chemical Co.

DuPont, formally E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., is facing more than 3,500 lawsuits in various federal and state courts related to exposure to the chemical PFOA, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid or C-8. DuPont manufactured the chemical, intended for use in nonstick coatings, stain-resistant carpets and firefighting foam, at a plant in Parkersburg, W. Va.

PFOA has been found in drinking water in West Virginia and Ohio, near the Parkersburg plant. In ...

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