Court throws out $240M award from smelter lawsuit

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A state appeals court has thrown out $240 million in punitive damages awarded to 16 eastern Missouri residents who sued over health problems from the Herculaneum lead smelter.

A jury awarded the damages against former smelter owners Fluor Corporation, A.T. Massey Coal and Doe Run Investment Holding Co after a three-month trial in 2011.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Eastern District ruled Tuesday that an error in jury instructions requires fresh consideration off Fluor’s portion of the damages award. The jury awarded a total of $320 million in punitive damages and another $38 million in compensatory damages
Those awards came on top of a confidential settlement reached before the trial with the smelter’s current owners, Doe Run Resources Corp.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,