Lawsuit against DuPont alleging Teflon health risks dismissed

Teflon lawsuit against DuPont dismissed

DES MOINES, Iowa — A lawsuit against DuPont Co. claiming its nonstick Teflon cookware coating could pose health risks to users has been dropped.

The lawsuit included 22 cases from about 15 states. All had been consolidated to be heard in U.S. District Court in Des Moines.

Des Moines attorney Kim Baer, who represented several of the plaintiffs, says the case was dropped after the court denied class-action status.

Had it been granted, the lawsuit would have sought compensation for millions of owners of Teflon-coated cookware costing DuPont billions of dollars.

The lawsuit claimed that Teflon could release toxic particles when heated to normal cooking temperatures.

The company says the dismissal is a significant victory. It says no studies have ever shown Teflon could be toxic and insists it’s safe.

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