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Jury Sides with Alcoa in Miner's Suit over Cancer

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 5:54am

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A jury has sided with aluminum producer Alcoa in a lawsuit filed by a man who blamed an aggressive cancer on hazardous substances the company dumped at a southwestern Indiana mine.

The jury reached the verdict Tuesday after a trial that lasted more than two weeks. Bil Musgrave claimed years of working, hunting and fishing at the Squaw Creek Mine site near Boonville exposed him to chemicals that caused his rare form of liver cancer.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports (http://bit.ly/Je8Yjf) Alcoa's lawyers argued that Musgrave's doctors couldn't confirm a link between the chemicals and his cancer.

Alcoa was a joint owner of the mine, which supplied coal to Alcoa's nearby operations. Mining ended there in the 1990s.

Musgrave had sought $12 million for medical costs, pain and suffering

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, www.courierpress.com

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