DuPont prevails in unusual dioxin case

DuPont prevailed in the retrial of a civil lawsuit brought by Mississippi resident Glen Strong, who won a $14 million jury verdict from the manufacturer in 2005. Strong had claimed his rare blood cancer was caused by dioxins from a Gulf Coast DuPont plant which he ingested through the air and by eating oysters from the Bay of St. Louis.

ADuPont titanium dioxide plant is located in DeLisle, Miss., about five miles from Strong’s residence.

DuPont attorney Deborah Kuchler told the Associated Press the company argued there was no connection between Strong’s illness and the plant. She said 850 more claims are pending against DuPont stemming from operations at the DeLisle plant.

"DuPont's plan is to continue to defend these cases and the safety of its operations," Kuchler told the wire service.

Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont has operations in more than 70 countries.