Linda Faust has lost her years-long battle with BNSF Railway.
The Somerville resident blames her stomach cancer on toxic chemicals emitted from the small town's century-old wood-treatment facility. Late yesterday afternoon, after a four-week trial, a jury decided that the railway company was not to blame.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
Faust's case represented the first of more than 200 individual lawsuits now pending against former railroad-tie plant owner BNSF Railway and current owner Koppers Inc. Jared Woodfill, Faust's Houston-based attorney, plans to appeal the ruling and is preparing for the next trial set for March. -Todd Spivak