Exxon ordered to pay $725M to mechanic who claimed toxic chemicals caused cancer


A Pennsylvania jury ordered ExxonMobil to pay $725.5 million to a former mechanic who claimed poisonous chemical compounds within the firm’s gasoline and solvents induced his most cancers, in keeping with attorneys for the plaintiff.

The ten-2 verdict got here on Thursday, attorneys stated, after a trial in a state court docket in Philadelphia, the place former mechanic Paul Gill alleged he was uncovered to benzene in ExxonMobil merchandise whereas working at a gasoline station between 1975 and 1980.

Following the trial that lasted simply over per week, the jury discovered Exxon responsible for negligently failing to warn concerning the well being dangers of benzene, which the Environmental Shield Company has labeled as a recognized carcinogen.

The jury discovered Exxon responsible for negligently failing to warn concerning the well being dangers of benzene, which the EPA has labeled as a recognized carcinogen. REUTERS

The whole verdict was in compensatory damages, in keeping with Gill’s attorneys.

An Exxon spokesperson known as the decision “irrational” and stated the corporate would ask the court docket to reverse it, and that it deliberate to “exhaust all accessible appeals.”

The 67-year-old former mechanic stated in his 2020 lawsuit that he used petroleum merchandise to scrub automobile elements along with his naked arms, which uncovered him to benzene by direct pores and skin contact and inhalation.

He was recognized with acute myeloid leukemia, a kind of blood most cancers, in 2019.

“This verdict is vital as a result of it’s a discovering that their gasoline causes most cancers,” stated Patrick Wigle, an legal professional for Gill, in a press release. “ExxonMobil has recognized for many years that benzene causes most cancers, but they resisted warning the general public and taking fundamental precautions to warn the general public and restrict publicity.”


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“This verdict is vital as a result of it’s a discovering that their gasoline causes most cancers,” stated Patrick Wigle, an legal professional for Gill. Christopher Sadowski

Benzene is extensively utilized in america in motor fuels, as a solvent for resins and plastics, and for different industrial functions.

The EPA, which limits the quantity of benzene that’s acceptable in fuels, says it additionally could be present in emissions from burning coal and oil, from automobile exhaust and from evaporation at gasoline stations, amongst different issues.


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