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Old 09-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #31
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You know what the real tragedy here is? The real tragedy is that our Vietnam Veterans sued the US Government, Monsato and Dow Chemical for Agent Orange exposure during the war and our Veterans were essentially spit on by our Government. The maximum payout was $12,000 spread out over 10 years, a widow of a Veteran would be awarded a maximum of $3,800. As of today I have talked with veterans who claim that more of our Vietnam servicemen have died from exposure to Agent Orange after returning home than died in the war itself.


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Colorado man awarded $7.2 mill in "popcorn lung" lawsuit

Wed, Sep 19 21:05 PM EDT

By Robert Boczkiewicz

DENVER (Reuters) - A U.S. federal court jury on Wednesday awarded a Colorado man $7.2 million in damages for developing a chronic condition known as popcorn lung from a chemical used in flavoring microwave popcorn.

Jurors agreed with the claims by Wayne Watson, 59, that the popcorn manufacturer and the supermarket chain that sold it were negligent by failing to warn on labels that the butter flavoring, diacetyl, was dangerous.

The condition is a form of obstructive lung disease that makes it difficult for air to flow out of the lungs and is irreversible, according to WebMd.

Watson, of suburban Denver, was the first consumer of microwave popcorn diagnosed with the disease, bronchiolitis obliterans, his attorney Kenneth McClain said.

Watson was diagnosed in 2007 at Denver's National Jewish Health, a respiratory health center, after years of inhaling the smell of artificial butter on the popcorn he said he ate daily.

The verdict was the latest in a line of cases in the past 15 years, starting with workers in popcorn plants where diacetyl was an ingredient, that has linked the chemical to health problems.

Jurors found Gilster-Mary Lee Corp, the Chester, Illinois, private-labeling manufacturer of the popcorn, liable for 80 percent of the $7,217,961 damages and the King Soopers supermarket chain and its parent, Kroger Co, liable for 20 percent.

An attorney for the defendants had told jurors that Watson's health problems were from his years of using dangerous chemicals as a carpet cleaner.

A spokeswoman for King Soopers and Kroger said the companies intended to appeal the decision. An attorney for Gilster-Mary Lee was not immediately available for comment.

Similar cases are pending in federal court in Iowa and in state court in New York, Watson's attorney said.

McClain said he has represented microwave popcorn and flavoring workers across the United States who began suing in 2004 and have been awarded large damages.

He said Dr. Cecile Rose, a witness for Watson and one of his physicians at National Jewish Health, made the connection between his disease and diacetyl when she asked him if he had been around large quantities of microwave popcorn.

She had been a consultant to the flavorings industry and had seen the same disease that Watson had among workers exposed to the chemical.

The jury took a day to reach its verdict after a nine-day trial.

(Editing by Tim Gaynor and Prudence Crowther)
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http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/09/19/italian-study-shows-male-genitalia-is-shrinking/

BUTTERS HAVE YOU BEEN TO ITALY ?
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I never did like the smell of that microwave popcorn. [wonders if he can sue for loss of beer...]

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The study doesn’t say how the research was conducted or give numbers. But it does provide several reasons for the shrinkage, including: weight gain, stress, smoking and alcohol.
Makes me wonder how they came to that determination then?
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Makes me wonder how they came to that determination then?
I bet the subjects of the study were the researchers themselves. Get paid to measure each other's junk.
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I bet the subjects of the study were the researchers themselves. Get paid to measure each other's junk.
Italy = europe = metric = centimeters.

One more reason to be a proud American male. How big is it ? It's blank centimeters long. Just don't have a good ring to it no matter the value of blank.
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As far as the popcorn verdict, damn skippy that is going to be appealed. The product is a FOOD- regulated by the Food & Drug Commission. And approved for sale as a safe product.

If I have a hyper sensitivity to shrimp, and eating it makes me sick, HOW is the grocer supposed to know that?

As far as Agent Orange, it has now been determined that injuries were not limited to Vietnam. There have been disability claims settled for vets that were exposed when the substances were tested at FORT GORDON GA and at EGLIN AFB, FL.

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Italy = europe = metric = centimeters.

One more reason to be a proud American male. How big is it ? It's blank centimeters long. Just don't have a good ring to it no matter the value of blank.
Yes, but if measured in centimeters, the number would be bigger.

Such as 6 inches = 15.24 cm
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You may have seen this the last few days but for those who haven't.

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Deli owner cleans up vacant lot owned by the city. He has 40 tons of trash hauled off and makes a park like setting spending 20k dollars. The city tells him to make the property as it was. WTH

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/man-spends-20k-cleaning-abandoned-lot-near-his-business-city-threatens-legal-action/

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