Denver man awarded $7.2 million in ‘popcorn lung’ lawsuit

September 26, 2012 3:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This blog has regularly mentioned the importance of ensuring that consumers and employees are safe and that all products and work processes cause no harm. This is especially important for companies that do not have the funds that are necessary to handle complex legal proceedings. In case an Arizona business does find itself accused of harming a customer, speaking to Phoenix business lawyers can be the best solution.

The Associated Press reported that three companies – Gilster-Mary Lee Corp., The Kroger Co. and Dillon Companies Inc. – did find themselves accused of putting one man in danger who had regularly purchased popcorn manufactured by the businesses.

Wayne Watson who resides in Denver has won a $7.2 million verdict against the food companies after he was diagnosed with "popcorn lung" and developed respiratory problems. This health concern is allegedly due to an artificial butter smell from the microwaved popcorn.

Watson alleged that the companies never warned consumers that inhaling the smell of the popcorn could cause lung injury. The Denver man has also settled claims with the flavor creator FONA International Inc. Defense attorneys, however, alleged that Watson gained these respiratory problems by working with carpet-cleaning toxins.

"We are certainly very disappointed by the decision of the jury in this case in light of the very clear evidence which was presented, including the millions of consumers who have safely used and enjoyed microwave popcorn since it was introduced," A statement from Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. said after the verdict was issued. "We are currently evaluating our next steps in this matter and will assert all rights available to us under the law."

Business law attorneys in Phoenix can help Arizona businesses that have found themselves in the midst of a consumer lawsuit, alleging that their products are dangerous.

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