A jury has awarded $7.5 million to James Brown, an Edwardsville, Ill., resident who developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after long-term exposure to benzene and creosote during his 18-year employment at Chicago & North Western Railway, and 13 years at Union Pacific Railroad, CNW’s successor. Brown filed the lawsuit six years ago against Union Pacific Railroad with allegations of negligence. Evidence shows that CNW knew of the dangers of benzene and creosote as early as 1986 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a memo advising that the company needed to comply with certain safety regulations including providing employees with adequate protective equipment such as boots, gloves, ... Read More
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