Missouri Court Rejects Monsanto Claim that It Had No Duty to Cancer Victims; Allen Stewart, P.C. Announces Appellate Victory for Plaintiffs in PCB-Cancer Case
7/24/2013 9:54:00 AM
ST. LOUIS, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attorneys at Dallas-based Allen Stewart, P.C. have announced that a panel of three judges from Missouri'sEastern District Court of Appeals have unanimously rejected Monsanto's claim that the PCB producer owed no duty to individuals who developed Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma from exposure to toxic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Reversing a decision by a St. Louis County trial court, the court of appeals found that there was enough evidence to take Monsanto totrial.
only Monsanto had control over the decision to market PCBsknowing that they would eventually be released and expose communities to these carcinogens.
The case represents the first time that injured victims have sought to hold a company accountable for producing a chemical that has contaminated the entire planet, including every person in the United States. The plaintiffs are three lymphoma patients who each have elevated levels of PCBs in their blood. The original Monsanto Co. (now known as Pharmacia Corp.) produced more than 99% of all of the PCBs ever used in the United States. Because PCBs are far more persistent in the environment than most other chemicals, PCBs are now a ubiquitous environmental contaminant. Today, PCBs can be found in measurable levels
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