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$20M 'Popcorn Lung' Couple Bankrupt

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$20M 'Popcorn Lung' Couple Bankrupt $20M 'Popcorn Lung' Couple Bankrupt Eric and Cassandra Peoples won a $20 million judgment. Now, they're broke. The Joplin, Missouri, couple made national headlines when, in 2004, a jury awarded Eric $18 million and Cassandra $2 million, for what were determined at the time to be heath injuries that Eric suffered from workplace exposure to the chemical diacetyl, an ingredient used to give popcorn its buttery flavor and aroma. In the years since Peoples filed his suit, other workers elsewhere around the U.S. have sued for the same injury and won.


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