A few months ago, we told you about attorney Jim Ferraro and his decade-long courtroom battle against chemical giant DuPont. Jim’s first-hand account of this landmark case is detailed in his new book, Blindsided. Since its launch, the book has made it on the USA Today and Los Angeles Times Best Sellers lists.
Blindsided tells the story of Ferraro’s fight to bring justice and hope to the family of a young boy born with no eyes after his mother, Donna Castillo, was doused by a chemical fungicide while pregnant outside a local u-pick farm. The chemical she was exposed to is believed to have caused her son's birth defect and the birth defects of many other children.
Nearly everyone but Ferraro deemed the legal battle against DuPont unwinnable. After all, it involved one of the world's most powerful industrial giants. In the process, it was a fight that changed the landscape of tort law forever. Before it was over, Castillo v. DuPont would go down in history as the first and one of the most important cases of its kind, setting precedent and also sparking a crucial debate over the questionable use of what is known as the "junk-science defense."
Today, the story of Castillo v. Dupont is still highly relevant. Change hasn’t happened at the level needed to protect individuals from a similar occurrence. Events continue to happen at a great cost to the people who are affected. Blindsided brings with it the purpose of awareness. This is a story that needs to be told.