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Popcorn lung couple who won $20m in lawsuit forced to sell $3.9m house
The Daily Mail Online ^ | October 15, 2012 | Helen Pow

Posted on 10/16/2012 8:35:14 AM PDT by Uncle Chip

A Missouri couple has filed for bankruptcy just eight years after winning a $20 million lawsuit against the makers of a butter popcorn flavoring that gave one of them lung disease.

Eric Peoples of Carthage and his wife, Cassandra, sued International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. and Bush Boake Allen Inc. in 2004 after Mr Peoples developed bronchiolitis obliterans while working at a popcorn plant in Jasper.

But just eight years later, the two are being forced to sell the home they built for $3.9 million to pay off creditors, after their financial situation went spectacularly downhill.

According to the Joplin Globe, the Peoples listed the current value of their residence and 10.5 acres of land at just $700,000 and personal property assets of nearly $33,000.

But their liabilities are listed at more than $611,000, including a $482,876 mortgage with U.S. Bank. The couple's case against the butter flavouring companies was the first of several brought by workers and their spouses.

The suit claimed Mr Peoples, who has two children with his wife, developed the lung disease after being exposed to diacetyl, a chemical present in the flavouring to give a buttery taste and aroma.

Researchers have found that, when heated, the chemical produces a toxic, potentially lethal gas, and can leave those exposed with a shortness of breath, a dry cough and wheezing.

At the trial, doctors testified that Eric Peoples would eventually need a double-lung transplant.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: popcornlung
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1 posted on 10/16/2012 8:35:17 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Karma is a bee-otch.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 8:38:44 AM PDT by TADSLOS (Conservatism didn't magically show up in Romney's heart in 2012. You can't force what isn't in you.)
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To: Uncle Chip

This parallels the oft-told stories about lottery winners who manage to squander their fortune in a surprisingly short time.

Sad.

Sounds a lot like a liberal congress.


3 posted on 10/16/2012 8:39:41 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Uncle Chip

More proof ObamaCare will help the poor...... (Nancy Pelosi)


4 posted on 10/16/2012 8:40:01 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Uncle Chip

You still have to work and invest. They just think they will not spend it all. In a few years, it is gone.


5 posted on 10/16/2012 8:41:01 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Uncle Chip

After being awarded 20 million—even with the disease—you’d think they’d have enough to live the rest of their days comfortably, and then some. Apparently not.


6 posted on 10/16/2012 8:41:11 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Uncle Chip

I’ve been to Carthage. I dont know how you find a $3.9 million house anwhere in that vicinity.


7 posted on 10/16/2012 8:41:23 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Uncle Chip

I have little sympathy for people who receive great sums and squander it.
The family could have lived comfortably and given funds to their kids for a head start in their future, if they had used the brains God gave them.


8 posted on 10/16/2012 8:44:22 AM PDT by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: bmwcyle

They wouldn’t have had to invest it, if they kept their lifestyle relatively middle class.

You can live well on $100,000 per year. That would include a yearly trip out of the country somewhere.


9 posted on 10/16/2012 8:44:36 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

My mother always said, if you spread the money out equally to everyone, the rich would still end up with the money later.


10 posted on 10/16/2012 8:47:35 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Lou L; Uncle Chip

Well, the lawyers got 30-40% of it, but the rest was not income.

IT WAS TAX FREE MONEY!

This type of suit falls in the same range as the Pigford Farmer’s IMHO! Total Bravo Sierra, but lawyers love ‘em!


11 posted on 10/16/2012 8:48:21 AM PDT by WVKayaker (I'm more than happy to be Obama's "enemy of the week" - Sarah Palin)
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To: Uncle Chip
This parallels the oft-told stories about lottery winners who manage to squander their fortune in a surprisingly short time.

While I am sympathetic to the women's health issues, that does not excuse her and her husband from being totally irresponsible with the money they received from this settlement. How do you go through so much money in such a short period of time? Did they really need a 4 million dollar house? In too many instances, people who win large sums of money from the lottery, or in this case, a lawsuit, think it represents an unlimited supply of money and go on outlandish spending sprees, only to find themselves filing for bankruptcy.

12 posted on 10/16/2012 8:50:28 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Uncle Chip

Let me guess:

$20 mill settlement designed to take care of them for life and compensate their pain and suffering.

Lawyer who argued they needed every dime then took 40%.

With $12 million left, they could have invested it a super conservative vehicle and gotten a 3% return of $360,000 a year. Probably 300-400% of their previous income.

BUT, they thought it was a lottery windfall (which it really was) and they went large, buying a home worth 30% of their winnings, er I mean award.

People who come by a large pot of money rarely understand that it isn’t all the money in the world. I’m guessing that their lawyer still has his house.


13 posted on 10/16/2012 8:51:52 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Easy come, easy go.


14 posted on 10/16/2012 8:52:21 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Defiant

They didn’t find it.

“the home they built for $3.9 million “


15 posted on 10/16/2012 8:52:46 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: bmwcyle

Absolutely.

You could give everybody equally the same of everything and, unless you make it impossible for people to gain, you’d still eventually end up with inequalities.


16 posted on 10/16/2012 8:54:32 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: SampleMan

$360,000 is probably more like 600% of their collective previous income. Most manufacturing jobs only pay about $18 an hour, at best.

I know, that if I was blessed with a large income like this that it doesn’t mean I get to go all out. At best, it’s a step up, by one step. A slightly better house and a Lexus, instead of a Ford.

It does not mean I get my own butler and cup washer.


17 posted on 10/16/2012 9:00:39 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Da Coyote
"This parallels the oft-told stories about lottery winners who manage to squander their fortune in a surprisingly short time."

And then there's the truly good folks who show up now and than ...

In 2010, Canadian couple Allen and Violet Large won a $11.2 million Lotto prize. Violet Large was enduring treatments for cancer, and the couple decided to give away most of their fortune to family, friends, hospitals, churches, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and even their local fire department. Their logic was pretty simple: "What you never had, you never miss," Violet said. They truly prove that the real prize of life has nothing to do with money. "That money that we won was nothing," Allen said. "We have each other."

18 posted on 10/16/2012 9:07:17 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: Lou L

If you look at the pictures in the article it is obvious....she ate the money.


19 posted on 10/16/2012 9:08:21 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Defiant
"I dont know how you find a $3.9 million house anwhere in that vicinity."

Just ask the Peoples family. They can give experienced advice on how to build one and furnish it.

20 posted on 10/16/2012 9:10:34 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: SampleMan

Taxes too, no?


21 posted on 10/16/2012 9:12:45 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: svcw
I have little sympathy for people who receive great sums and squander it.

I have little no sympathy...

if they had used the brains God gave them

They probably did. Just more proof that leveling the score board (as opposed to the playing field) doesn't work. Wealth received without effort just isn't appreciated or understood by those receiving it (the 47%).

22 posted on 10/16/2012 9:12:54 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Uncle Chip

QUITE a difference between $3.9 MILLION and $700,000!!!! WHO’s LYING???? And WHY if they just won $20,000,000.00 can they not PAY THEIR MORTGAGE??? Because the LAWYERS got $19,000,000.00!!!!


23 posted on 10/16/2012 9:29:06 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Now just another 47%'er, and the list grows every day./s

Just proof that no matter how much money you throw at them, they will always be POOR. GO ROMNEY

24 posted on 10/16/2012 9:34:33 AM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: Uncle Chip
Well, at least they still have the millions of dollars they safely salted away to pay for the double-lung transplant looming in Mr. Peoples's future - right?

Regards,

25 posted on 10/16/2012 9:34:47 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Researchers have found that, when heated, the chemical produces a toxic, potentially lethal gas, and can leave those exposed with a shortness of breath, a dry cough and wheezing."""""

That happens a lot in my house, I need a Lawyer.

BTW: just how long did he work at that plant? Short of breath, dry cough and wheezing?? Sure, I'm going to work here and suffer through it just long enough to get a few symptoms, find a lawyer and cough in his face.

26 posted on 10/16/2012 9:38:44 AM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Someone ripped them off somewhere.


27 posted on 10/16/2012 9:46:00 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: SampleMan

When we were house shopping in 1998 we ran across a property we loved.

French Provincial 4 bed, 2.5 bath with both Formal areas, an office and great family room. It also had an inground pool.

The house had been built by people who had sold property for a shopping center. Their former house was a 3 bed, 1 bath on a slab.

We laughed our butts off at the interior decor....bright pink carpet in the formal living and dining rooms, complete with fade marks, breast fed baby poop yellow walls in the bedrooms, and the foyer was lined with “collector” dolls still in the boxes. It was the tackiest thing ever.

The pool, after inspection, had been installed by the owner and the side walls were caving in.

We did a low bid because of all the repair and updating that would have to be done. The owners declined and we walked away.

Ten minutes down the road we built a 5 bed, 4 bath, 4500 sq ft home with new, inground pool for $15k less then the asking price for the older home.

They never did sell it....I heard the man had passed away and the wife and grown son were still living in it.


28 posted on 10/16/2012 10:04:06 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Uncle Chip

I love stories with a happy ending.


29 posted on 10/16/2012 10:05:09 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Ambassador Stevens Is Dead And The Chevy Volt Is Alive)
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To: sheana

Best line of the week...by far..kudos!!!


30 posted on 10/16/2012 10:43:03 AM PDT by ken5050 (Barack Obama: An empty suit sitting in an empty chair...)
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To: sheana

Definitely! In $1. bills, apparently!


31 posted on 10/16/2012 11:28:39 AM PDT by Tucker39
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To: Jonty30

My wife and I have done quite well and do have a comparable income to that amount.

That said, we have always purchased well below our capabilities, which is precisely within our means. We drive ‘05 and ‘08 moderately priced vehicles.

I understand that a 10,000 sq ft house with grounds is just a huge burden unless you also employ a large, competent staff. The staff is more expensive than the house.


32 posted on 10/16/2012 11:29:38 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Defiant

They had the house built. They did not get 20 million. Their lawyers got 35%, the government takes at least that amount and what was remaining they had to share with other employees who were suing. They would be lucky to get anything after everyone else took their share of the jack pot.

They thought of themselves as rich enough to build and maintain that house. They were not. Alot of poor people who win money lose everything due to a math deficit and an immediate gratification problem.


33 posted on 10/16/2012 11:29:43 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: ken5050

Curtsey.


34 posted on 10/16/2012 12:07:48 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Uncle Chip

How dumb could the couple be? They bought a VCR with some of the money.


35 posted on 10/16/2012 12:17:19 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Uncle Chip

And now the taxpayers will be paying for a double lung transplant! /s

It was a scam to begin with.


36 posted on 10/16/2012 12:21:35 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: SampleMan

I have thought about the kind of house I want, if I ever won the lottery, because I ain’t gonna get it through inheritance and I’d like three things.

1. A balcony, on top of the house to watch the night sky and sleep outside when it’s warm.

2. A dedicated exercise room, with some nice free weight equipment and a place to do aerobics.

3. A good theatre setup, that i can also multi-task on hobbies.

All in a home about 2400 sq ft.


37 posted on 10/16/2012 1:30:35 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: from occupied ga

not feeling polite right now.

they theiving bastards deserve all the misery thet got from a BS lawsuit. hope the lawyers choke on it too.


38 posted on 10/16/2012 4:11:30 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: SaraJohnson
Alot of poor people who win money lose everything due to a math deficit and an immediate gratification problem.

Poor people are poor because of what they do. Most people in this country have the same opportunity to get rich as anyone else. BUT if you go for instant gratification and make repeated bad life decisions, then you're going to be poor. Giving poor people money doesn't change how they act. The do the same things that they did to be poor in the first place, the money goes away, and they really don't have a clue as to what happened to it.

Democrats foster the egalitarian myth that everyone is as good as everyone else. Not true. The small business owner who puts in 100 hours a week deserves every penny he earns. The welfare brood sow, the morbidly obese person on disability because they weight 600lb, all with the bone deep sense of entitlement don't deserve a penny of what the government steals for them. I really resent having to pay out my hard earned dollars for my health care AND the health carse of some jerk who spent every cent he ever received before the next welfare check arrived.

Continuing on that theme, 0bama and Biden aren't the problem, they're the symptom for a huge class of lazy worthless people who feel that someone owes them a living, and not jsut a living, but a good lifestyle with a free cell phone, free housing, free healthcare, free food, free transportation, etc. These a$$holes are the problem, and there isn't any immediate solution.

39 posted on 10/17/2012 8:40:46 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: bmwcyle

My mother always said, if you spread the money out equally to everyone, the rich would still end up with the money later.


You should have moderated that debate last night. You get it.


40 posted on 10/17/2012 8:43:20 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: from occupied ga

Most people in this country have the same opportunity to get rich as anyone else.


In the past that has been true, but no longer with our growth in govt.


41 posted on 10/17/2012 8:50:50 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: Yaelle
Also

Matthew 26:11

For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

42 posted on 10/17/2012 9:04:40 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: PeterPrinciple

If you look over time that is very true - It is MUCH harder to get rich today than it was 40 years ago with the exponential growth of government regulations and taxes (you have a greedy partner when you’re making money but he vanishes when you’re not), but if you look at a given time period - today - then everyone who is not rich today has about the same shot at it as everyone else today.


43 posted on 10/17/2012 9:31:18 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

everyone who is not rich today has about the same shot at it as everyone else today.


just my opinion but I disagree with you. Moving from one social class to another as been one of the unique aspects of amrican society but it is gone now. Government is involved in everything today.

Just being realistic.


44 posted on 10/17/2012 11:39:39 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: PeterPrinciple
Moving from one social class to another as been one of the unique aspects of amrican society but it is gone now. Government is involved in everything today.

I think we're saying the same thing.

45 posted on 10/18/2012 4:18:29 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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