Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Jury Awards $20 Million to Popcorn Worker

Those lawsuits where workers are claiming their lung diseases resulted from exposure to chemicals used to add butter flavoring to popcorn at the factory? (See our posts of 3/3/04 and 3/11/04.)

A jury has awarded $20 million to the first plaintiff, after deliberating for just two hours. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the story.
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.