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PCB Case Against Monsanto Ends in Mistrial

Submitted by Food Democracy Now on October 13, 2015 - 4:06pm

By: Ben Unglesbee

A St. Louis County circuit court judge has declared a mistrial in a lawsuit against Monsanto Co. and related companies that alleged Monsanto was negligent in the production and marketing of PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, during its time as a chemical company.

Steve Jensen, an attorney with Dallas, Texas-based law firm Allen Stewart PC representing the plaintiffs in the case together with St. Louis-based The Simon Law Firm PC, said the jury deliberated Tuesday through Friday last week but could not reach a verdict. As a result, Judge Steven Goldman declared a mistrial on Friday.

 

The plaintiffs claim to have developed blood cancer after exposure to PCBs, chemicals with a wide range of uses manufactured primarily by Monsanto before being banned in the 1970s. The lawsuit alleges that Monsanto continued to produce PCBs even after it knew of dangers they presented.

 

Originally Published: Biz Journals

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