A Missouri state court jury has awarded $46.5 million to three people who claimed Monsanto Co. negligently handled toxic polychlorinated biphenyls that gave them cancer. The three alleged they absorbed PCBs through the course of their daily lives, by eating food, drinking liquids or breathing air that contained traces of the chemical. The St. Louis jury awarded the plaintiffs, one of whom has died, $17.5 million in damages and $29 million in punitive damages. Steven J. Kherkher, a lawyer with Williams Kherkher, had this to say:
We argued that Monsanto, since FDR was our president back in 1933, did not conduct itself as an ordinary, prudent chemical company should have done. The jury saw right through Monsanto’s misrepresentation. I wish I could tell you it was my great lawyering, but it wasn’t. It was just that the facts and the evidence were overwhelming.
Monsanto’s predecessor company manufactured and sold PCBs, an industrial chemical, to large companies that then incorporated them as safety fluids and additives in their own products. Monsanto stopped making PCBs in 1977. Aside from the personal injury PCB suits, Monsanto is facing a number of environmental damage lawsuits filed by municipalities around the country. In April, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation refused to consolidate suits in which cities in California and Washington are seeking environmental PCB cleanup costs from Monsanto, saying the suits don’t have enough in common.
The JPML said the factual questions in the four actions in California and the two in Washington will differ, since they involve different bodies of water: the San Diego Bay, San Francisco Bay, the Spokane River and the Duwamish River. The plaintiffs are represented by Steven J. Kherkher of Williams Kherkher and John G. Simon of the Simon Law Firm PC.
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