Sort Of A Victory For Dupont

Hours before a jury ruled in its favor in a Florida lawsuit over Benlate, DuPont settled with four growers who claimed crop damage from the fungicide. Rather than take a chance on the May 11 verdict after a five-month trial, DuPont agreed to pay the four and some 55 other plaintiffs unspecified amounts under $1 million each. But the jury, forced to rule because a fifth farmer held out, exonerated the company--a verdict DuPont attorney John Schmutz called "DuPont's sweetest victory" yet. DuPont still faces more than 200 Benlate lawsuits.

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