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Lawsuit: Fake popcorn butter caused disease

Discussion in 'Bizarre and Off-Beat News' started by Casshew, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    JOPLIN, Missouri (AP) -- A jury was selected Monday to hear the claim of an ailing factory worker who says his rare lung disease was caused by the artificial butter vapors at a microwave popcorn plant.

    A panel of 12 and four alternates was chosen. Opening statements were set for Tuesday; lawyers for both sides agreed not to speak to the media until the trial is over.

    Eric Peoples, 31, who is awaiting a lung transplant, is one of 30 former workers at the Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. plant in Jasper suing two makers of artificial butter flavoring. He was selected to have his case heard first because he is among the sickest.

    Peoples is seeking unspecified damages from International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and a subsidiary. Gilster-Mary Lee is not a defendant; its Jasper plant employs about 130 people.

    The trial is considered a landmark legal battle aimed at linking bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as popcorn packers' lung, to vapors from butter flavorings in the popcorn mixing room at the plant. The disease restricts and obstructs the functioning of the lungs.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/03/02/popcorn.trial.ap/index.html
     
  2. Ghostwheel

    Ghostwheel Pyrrhonist

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    Kind of makes sense. Imagine smearing that butter flavored grease over the insides of your lungs. We already know what it does to your arteries.
     

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