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Flavoring case pops up

A trial starting this week will question whether a woman who popped a couple of bags of popcorn a day for 10 years can blame manufacturers for the same health issues factory workers had after daily breathing vapors from vats of boiling butter flavoring.

Popcorn workers claiming lung disease have captured millions of dollars in Missouri courts. But the trial in Jackson County Circuit Court will test whether a consumer intimately acquainted with her home microwave's buttons can convince a jury she deserves an award as well.

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New trial denied over smoking death

A Jackson County Circuit judge Monday overruled motions from the plaintiff seeking a new trial in a 6-year-old case against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. because of juror nondisclosure.

The most recent trial in the high-profile case against the cigarette maker ended in August. A jury found in favor of plaintiff Lincoln Smith, but with an award of $1.5 million after a second, three-and-a-half week trial in Independence.

The plaintiff's attorney, Ken McClain, of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain in Independence, had asked for $110 million in closing arguments this year. The first jury's punitive damage award totaled $20 million but was thrown out on appeal.

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