Expert Witnesses Persuasive in DuPont Case

A Jones County, MS, jury decided against a couple’s claim that dioxins from the DuPont Co.’s plant on the Gulf Coast were responsible for the death of their daughter. Kerman and Naomi Ladner of DeLisle filed a lawsuit claiming that their daughter’s liver cancer and heart problems were caused by dioxins released from DuPont’s plant. The DeLisle facility is the second-largest titanium dioxide maker in the country.

DuPont called several environmental expert witnesses to rebut claims made by the plaintiffs. Expert witness testimony led the Jones County jury to find that DuPont “negligently released dioxins and arsenic from the DeLisle facility” but did not link the release to the death of the Ladners’ daughter reports The Laurel Leader-Call.