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Oct 16, 2012 08:48 AM

Popcorn Lung? ...

Popcorn Lung? How do these lawsuits ever make sense.

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  1. Putting aside the fact that these people seemed to have made some bad financial decisions, Popcorn Lung is indeed a disease. What is your difficulty with this court judgement?

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    1. re: SmartCookie

      "Popcorn lung is indeed a disease."

      It would be a mite more credible if the link wasn't to a personal injury lawyer's website.

      1. re: SmartCookie

        hey SmartCookie, every lawsuit that reeks of ill-gotten gains bugs me. Call it a pet peeve.

        Popcorn lung may be a real affiliction but it takes what, a gun to your head to stop eating the chemical-butter on microwave popcorn to realize maybe you shouldn't eat it? Another lawsuit where folks are told you can cash in big for making lousy decisions? Just how much of the stuff do you need to eat on a regular basis, befor you see a doctor for lung problems? Do they also smoke? Have other illnesses?

        Lawyers can and will go after big bucks I do suppose...but should they...the public sometimes LOVES to stick it to the man...but yes, this kinda law makes me see red.

        1. re: HillJ

          No one's winning lawsuits for eating popcorn. The suits were brought by people who manufactured the diacetyl alleging that their bosses were or should have been aware of the health risks involved in inhaling massive quantities of the stuff.

          1. re: nokitchen

            This particular couple sued the manf. of the chemical butter, International Frag & Flavors.

            1. re: HillJ

              Right, but my point is that they didn't become sick from eating the popcorn, they became sick from making it. So not hanging around the microwave once a night but spending hours and hours every day completely surrounded by the stuff.

              1. re: nokitchen

                Yes, I understand he was an employee but this was not a class-action suit or many employees at the same guy. And who knows what he ingested on his own time?

                1. re: HillJ

                  actually, there were others at the plant who brought lawsuits as well. Without going through the case and seeing the data, you're really stretching to say this was an ill-gotten gain... it's not exactly akin to the mcdonalds hot coffee case.

                  1. re: FattyDumplin

                    FattyD, I was referring to the Watson case, not the couple who was awarded and then lost it all as recently reported.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Ha, yeah, gotcha. Always enjoy your posts and viewpoints, and thought this one was a bit out there. But now it all makes sense. Have a good weekend!

                    2. re: FattyDumplin

                      You're right, the McDonald's coffee case actually had well documented facts to support the verdict.

                      1. re: ferret

                        Yeah, i get that the coffee was really hot... which is how I like it and used to love about McD's (and I could swear some of their stores still keep the coffee close to scalding). I also get that there was a well documented history that McD was aware of about people getting burned. But, I also know that the person in the suit, stuck the cup between her legs to remove the lid, which seems incredibly stupid to me. So that's where I skew towards personal responsibility as opposed to corporate liability.

                        1. re: FattyDumplin

                          Yea and the court didn't give her the full amount of compensation because she was partly responsible but that still doesn't excuse the fact that the coffee gave her a serious burn and she needed a skin graft. Not to mention the employees were lacking common sense...that person was really old and you're giving them burning coffee?!

                        2. re: ferret

                          BTW, my response was to the original story posted about the factory worker who sued. I think the intended story was the one about the guy who ate bags of micorwave popcorn every day for years. For that one, I feel little sympathy and rank it below the McDonald's case on a legitimacy scale.

                2. re: nokitchen

                  A man in Denver won 7.2 mil about a month ago for eating it. Said he ate 2 bags a day for 10 years. That award will surely be the kickoff for many more claims.

                3. re: HillJ

                  While there have been cases where someone sued for developing this just from eating lots of popcorn, the case in your original link above was a worker in the factory that made the butter flavoring. I think most cases are factory workers, not overeaters of popcorn.

                  1. re: MelMM


                    the video on this link for Mr. Watson was the video I meant to post.

                      1. re: MelMM

                        While there are legit reasons for employees to sue their employers, this was not a class action or list of employees at the plant exposed to the same chemical. He was awarded millions and as reported today lost it all to overspending (which is obviously a separate issue). The case became known as the Popcorn Lung lawsuit for a reason.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          How in the heck is he going to pay for his expected double-lung transplant now? Hope the fine folks of Missouri don't have to foot the bill.

                          1. re: KrumTx

                            this line stunned me: "The Peoples also said they believed the house would cost just $400,000 but over time the price tag soared to more than $3.9 million." I mean, who was running the homebuilding process, the federal government?

                            1. re: FattyDumplin

                              Clearly handling money was something they needed help with.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                Sheesh, incredibly sad. I guess fiscal responsibility is something I take for granted, but as you look around at all the athletes who lose everything, not everyone is capable of managing large amounts of money. Inconceivable though that a house cost could go from $400k --> $4mm.

                  2. :( does this mean no more movie theatre popcorn for melpy?

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                    1. re: melpy

                      melpy, if you plan to sue...start eatin! can't make this stuff up!

                      1. re: HillJ

                        Lol... Is it just the microwave stuff? I don't ET that anymore but I did draw the line at giving up my greasy popcorn at te movies. I know it is all chemicals but there is something about it...

                        Brown bag microwave popcorn is my new best friend though.