In a recent decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit against Arkansas poultry producers can proceed. This lawsuit was dismissed two years ago by a lower court. The suit seeks to hold the defendants responsible for a man’s leukemia. The Supreme Court overturned the lower-court ruling and found that Michael Green and his parents had presented sufficient evidence to pursue their case against Tyson Foods, George’s Farms, Peterson Farms, and Simmons Foods. The plaintiffs in the Green case claim Michael Green was exposed to arsenic when he was a boy. They claim that chicken feed containing arsenic passed through the birds, and degraded into a harmful form of arsenic in poultry litter. Farmers spread the litter on fields as fertilizer, and wind then carried the dust into homes and schools. Michael Green was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when he was a boy, while attending a school about a block from his home. It will be interesting to see how this case develops.
Source: Todays THV
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