Factory worker gets $30.4M in 'popcorn lung' case

September 6, 2010 2:22:11 PM PDT
A Cook County jury has awarded $30.4 million to a South Elgin factory worker suffering from a condition known as 'popcorn lung.'

Gerardo Solis, 45, is awaiting a lung transplant. He alleged that his lung disease was caused by exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used to make butter-flavored microwave popcorn and other foods. The diacetyl was supplied by BASF Corporation of Michigan.

BASF plans to appeal the verdict, which was the biggest ever awarded in a 'popcorn lung' case.