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Potter v. Firestone Tire & Rubber Co
Plaintiffs brought actions for negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress, based on their fear of developing cancer as a result of their exposure to toxic waste the company had allegedly permitted to seep into groundwater. The company operated a tire manufacturing plant in Northern California and subcontracted with another company to dispose of industrial waste. The waste was deposited in a local landfill. The trial court awarded both compensatory and punitive damages. The appellate court modified the awards, but affirmed the main elements. The company sought review.
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