Jury Leaves for the Day in Cancer Lawsuit Trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Jurors have left for the day without reaching a verdict in a civil lawsuit alleging a woman's stomach cancer was caused by a plant's toxic chemicals and emissions.

Jurors got the case against BNSF Railway Company late Wednesday
afternoon following closing arguments in which attorneys tried to
discredit each other's studies and experts.

Jurors deliberated about 45 minutes and will resume Thursday morning.

Linda Faust, whose stomach was removed after her 1998 cancer
diagnosis, never worked at the Somerville plant, but her attorneys say she washed her husband's chemical-tainted clothes every day and
breathed toxic emissions while living in the town.

BNSF attorneys blame her half-pack-a-day smoking habit and pre-existing medical conditions for her cancer.


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