Teflon lawsuit didn’t stick

Catching up on some of the twitter news I encountered last week, one is a May 1 ruling from Judge Ronald Longstaff in Iowa that said DuPont is off the hook with its Teflon case.

DuPont said the Des Moines, Iowa, federal court dismissed a consolidated group of 22 cases filed on behalf of consumers who purchased cookware with Teflon® non-stick coating.

The 4-year old suit alleged Teflon-coated cookwares when heated to normal cooking temperatures release toxic particles particularly perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that pose a health risk to consumers. The suits claimed that DuPont had a duty to warn consumers of the dangers of Teflon but failed to do so.

The case was dropped because if failed to convince the court it deserved class-action status, reported AP News. Had it been granted, the lawsuit would have sought to compensate millions of owners of Teflon-coated cookware. Attorneys have estimated the case could have cost the Wilmington, Del.-based chemicals company $5 billion if it had been successful.

DuPont said the ruling made it clear that Teflon® non-stick coatings in cookware is safe. Still Dupont is already phasing out PFOA and as of December 28 last year, announced that it already converted 95% of the company’s sales volume for aqueous fluoropolymer dispersions to newly formulated technology that reduces PFOA content by 99%.

The company’s goal is to no longer produce, buy or use PFOA by 2015 or earlier.

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