Wayne Watson Wins $7 Million in Lawsuit for 'Popcorn Lung'

Wayne Watson, of Centennial, Colorado, was awarded $7 million in a microwave 'popcorn lung' case against popcorn manufacturer Gilster-Mary Lee.

Watson also sued and won against Kroger and Dillon Foods, which own King Soopers, where he bought the popcorn, reports CBS Denver.

Watson was diagnosed with respiratory problems in 2007 after years of inhaling the smell of artificial butter on the microwaved popcorn.

Watson told CBS Denver in 2010: “Who would ever reasonably think that popping popcorn in your own home, no matter how it’s packaged or processed, would all of a sudden turn into an agent for toxic lung disease.”

It's not the first time that a case of popcorn lung has won in court. Quality testers in popcorn factories have won or settled lawsuits worth millions of dollars for the same condition.

Watson’s layers said there should have been a warning on the label, but lawyers for King Soopers told CBS Denver: “We might have well have warned that there are aliens popping out of the bags because there’s just as much support for that.”


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