A West Virginia jury will have to decide whether the owners of a former chemical plant will have to pay to test thousands of current and former residents of Nitro, W. Va., for disease. A class-action suit, filed in 2004, alleges that Monsanto unsafely dispersed dioxin, exposing residents to unsafe levels of the toxic chemical. The lawsuit seeks periodic medical monitoring for at least 5,000 current and former Nitro residents. It was reported that the total number could reach as many as 80,000.
The monitoring would determine whether exposure to the harmful chemicals caused any one or more of 12 different diseases. According to Monsanto, it will claim that the residents can’t prove their allegations and, as a result, it says the company shouldn’t have to pay. Jury selection started on January 10th in Putnam County, W. Va., and the trial is expected to last for several weeks.
Source: Charleston Gazette and Claims Journal
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