Women Awarded $19 Million by Texaco in Birth Defects Lawsuit
Five women who claim that Texaco is responsible for their children being born with various illnesses have been awarded $19 million by a Hinds County jury, reports the Insurance Journal.
The women sued Texaco, now part of Chevron Corp., claiming they were exposed to leaded gasoline fumes from tanks left in the ground a former gas station was renovated. Experts testified one of the mothers was exposed to 46,000 times the safe level for exposure to leaded gasoline fumes.
One child is severely mentally disabled and the other children suffer from respiratory problems and learning disabilities.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality removed the tanks and contaminated soil in 2000. Texaco plans to appeal the case.
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