Monsanto PCB Lawsuits - FindLaw
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You may be familiar with Monsanto, the self-proclaimed "sustainable agricultural company" claiming to empower farmers around the world to produce more while conserving the world’s natural resources. While this same industry giant makes claims of Earth-friendly practices, it has recently been hit with a number of lawsuits claiming serious environmental pollution which ultimately led to the deaths of humans and wildlife. Below you will find important information about Monsanto lawsuits focusing specifically on polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination and its effects on human life. Remember, if you or someone you love is experiencing any adverse health effects possibly related to PCB contamination, seek medical help right away.
What are PCBs?
PCBs are dangerous chemicals that were once produced in the United States until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned them in 1979. Monsanto was a manufacturer of this chemical up until that point; a compound which was used in countless ways in modern life in both private home, businesses, factories, and public buildings including in paint, florescent light ballasts, insulation, and more. Moreover, PCBs have been identified as probable human carcinogens and possibly the cause of a variety of non-cancer health effects.
What is Monsanto Accused of Doing?
Starting in the 1990s, Monsanto was hit with lawsuits claiming the company caused harm to individuals by manufacturing this dangerous product. Among many of these lawsuits, including several in West Coast cities spanning San Diego to Spokane claiming contamination of public waterways, Monsanto is accused of manufacturing a dangerous product and failing to warn of its dangers. Monsanto was recently hit with a major verdict against them in St. Louis to the tune of $46.5 million with a jury finding the company negligent in continuing to sell the PCB compounds even after it learned about its dangers and falsely told the public they were safe, according to court documents.
More Lawsuits and Settlements
Monsanto has paid out large settlements in relation to PCBs in the recent past. For example, the company agreed to pay part of a $700 million lawsuit settlement over the dumping of PCBs in Alabama. While each lawsuit is inherently different, a common thread runs among all Monsanto PCB cases; each represents an intersection of hazardous waste and product liability law in a way that could have lasting effects on future cases and governmental regulations. To get up-to-date information on the status of Monsanto PCB litigation, you will want to speak with a knowledgeable attorney.
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Need Help with a Monsanto PCB Lawsuit? Speak to an Attorney
Polychlorinated biphenyls, toxicity, wrongful death – these terms can be hard to grapple with. But while corporations keep making dangerous chemicals, you can rest a little easier knowing there are lawyers out there who will keep filing lawsuits against them. If you or someone you love has been harmed because Monsanto polluted the environment, speak with a skilled products liability lawyer in your area today.