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Historic $7.8M jury award in death of Minnesotan struck by driver who was high from huffing aerosol

An attorney for the manufacturer said her client intends to appeal

A federal jury in Minnesota has found that the maker of a dust remover must pay $7.8 million in connection with a driver inhaling the aerosol to get high and causing a two-vehicle crash in far northern Minnesota that killed another motorist.

The verdict in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on April 26 found CRC Industries liable for the death of 42-year-old Cynthia McDougall in a head-on wreck just outside of her hometown of Baudette in July 2019 with a pickup truck driver who was under the influence of huffing the aerosol.

McDougall's husband, David McDougall, filed a lawsuit in July 2020. Jurors found the company liable on two counts: that the CRC Industries' computer dust remover Duster was "in a defective condition [and] unreasonably dangerous to users of or those exposed to the product," and that the design caused Cynthia McDougall's death.


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