“We believe the jury’s verdict in this matter reflects the jury’s careful consideration and understanding of the science and other evidence presented at trial. Sterigenics remains committed to our mission to Protect Global Health,” Sterigenics said in a statement. “As we have done consistently throughout our history, we will continue to operate in compliance with applicable rules and regulations to ensure the safety of our employees, the communities in which we operate and patients around the world.”
Fornek’s is the second case against Sterigenics that has ended. More than 700 cases are still pending against the company, many of which occurred after a study conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 2018 found that people in the surrounding area must face the high cancer risk associated with Sterigenics.
In contrast, in September, another jury found Sterigenics responsible for causing cancer on another Willowbrook resident, Sue Kamuda, and demanding that the company pay her $363 million.
A subsidiary of Ohio-based Sotera Health, Sterigenics uses a chemical called ethylene oxide to disinfect medical equipment. The Willowbrook factory closed in September 2019.
Sotera’s stock price surged on the day of the latest ruling. Shares are up 20% in the past five days.
This story first appeared in our sister publication, Crain’s Chicago Business.