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Court: Circuit Court, St. Clair County, Illinois
Defendant's Attorney: Not Available
Description: Belleville, IL: Personal injury lawyers represented Plaintiffs, who sued Defendant on a negligence theory claiming to have suffered injuries and/or damages as a direct result of being exposed to dioxins and furans released by a secondary copper smelting plant in Sauget, Illinois.
Cerro owned and operated a secondary copper smelting plant in Sauget, IL for more than 50 years. The plaintiffs alleged that the plant emitted dioxins and furans for decades through its furnace operations and open pit burning.
All 12 plaintiffs lived in East St. Louis, Illinois in the neighborhoods that surrounded the Cerro plant and incurred more than four decades of exposure to the chemical compounds. The exposure caused the plaintiffs to develop a variety of cancers, including but not limited to female breast cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and one case of male breast cancer.
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $72 million.