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IFF lawsuit

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Fragrance supplier does not anticipate $20 mil. court decision "to have a material adverse effect" on its financial results, operating results or liquidity, IFF states after Missouri circuit court ruled against the company March 15. Court awarded $20 mil. in compensatory damages to a former employee of one of IFF's customers, who claimed he sustained respiratory damage in the workplace from the facility's use of a butter flavor supplied by IFF. Company plans to appeal the decision, stating the verdict is "not supported by the evidence or the law and should therefore be reversed." Plaintiff, however, is one of a number of employees who worked at the facility owned and operated by Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation in Jasper, Miss. that are suing IFF. Firm states the majority of plaintiffs claim to have sustained lesser respiratory injuries than the awarded plaintiff...
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