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Monsanto Will Pay $93 Million to Victims In 'Agent Orange' Settlement - Via Humans Are Free

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Monsanto has agreed to a $93 million settlement with affected residents of Nitro, West Virginia, where a Monsanto chemical plant had manufactured the 2,4,5-T herbicide (part of the Agent Orange recipe). The toxic chemical dioxin contaminated the area.

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Brad H (21)
Monday February 3, 2014, 7:57 am

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday February 3, 2014, 8:55 am

Past Member (0)
Monday February 3, 2014, 9:10 am
That's pocket should be triple the amount. Thx Victoria

Sheila D (194)
Monday February 3, 2014, 10:54 am
Mosanto spends more than that on anti-GMO labeling.

Roger G (154)
Monday February 3, 2014, 2:06 pm
noted, thanks

Katie and Bill D (107)
Monday February 3, 2014, 3:24 pm
It will never be enough no matter how much. Many Lives have been affected, their Health, the environment never can be put back to what it was!
Thank You victoria

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 12:11 am
93 million dollars is a small fraction of what they ought to pay in reparations to the people of Vietnam.

. (0)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 1:50 am
Think how much profit the company makes that they can agree to such a large amount of compensation. It's mind boggling.

Marija M (29)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 1:55 am
noted, thank you

Mike M (40)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 5:03 am
A small contribution that they will write off or find some buddy to get the U.S. government to pay them back.

A D (24)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 5:03 am
I agree with Natasha S, Spring Green, and Brian M. - petty cash to Monsanto. They pay more in political support per year and lawyer retainer bonuses to keep dissenting voices at bay.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 4, 2014, 8:15 am

Ruth Ann W (198)
Wednesday February 5, 2014, 4:24 am
Hmmm, kill now, pay later.

Angelus Silesius (119)
Friday February 7, 2014, 6:23 am
Steve Zardis was one of the first if not the first ,veteran to file a suit on the Agent Orange case. From Massachusetts, he was a strapping soldier eventually crippled and confined to a wheelchair from the exposure.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 8:38 am

for the LOSS

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 2:48 am
Your article, which includes an important video on the effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam, states that Monsanto has ONLY "TENTATIVELY agreed to a $93 million settlement with some residents of Nitro, West Virginia...." & goes on to say:

"After 7 years of litigation, and on the heels of the EPA releasing part of its dioxin assessment report, Monsanto has made a tentative agreement to settle a class action suit with some Nitro residents for a total of $93 million.

Here are the proposed settlement figures:
Medical Testing: $21 Million
Additional Screening: $63 Million
Cleanup of 4500 homes: $9 Million

Bloomberg reports that this settlement will reduce Monsantoís 2012 net income by 5 cents per share, but Monsanto may face additional lawsuits and fines. There are potentially 80,000 property damage claims alone that could cost Monsanto $3.9 billion in cleanup costs. Dioxin has contaminated soil and has been found in dust in residentsí homes at very high levels."

HOWEVER, many of the plaintiffs have been left out of any payment of damages & health-care follow-up in this 'tentative' deal, as I found out when I accidentally happened upon this article from
CorpWatch, February 2nd, 2014 - Monsanto Agent Orange Deal Faces High Court Challenge :

Objectors to Monsanto Co.ís $93 million deal with West Virginia residents alleging medical harm and property damage from Agent Orange herbicide produced at a nearby plant have turned to the U.S. Supreme Court after the state high court rejected their intraclass conflict claims.

Three courts, including the West Virginia Supreme Court, have already declined to question the scope of the dealís benefit allocations, which involve threshold levels of exposure that the objectors claim will leave 75,000 out of 80,000 class members uncompensated for medical monitoring, while only 40 percent will qualify for property damage payments.In upholding the settlement in November, the state high court rejected claims that the settlement created separate subclasses of those who will benefit and those who will not, saying the fact that some class members stood to receive nothing did not indicate a fundamental intraclass conflict. .../...

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday April 5, 2014, 3:07 am
Unfortunately, the trail ends there, as repeated Googling has failed to provide any articles that tell the end of the story, whether the US Supreme Court ruled on this case or not; whether the deal went through as agreed by the West Virginia Supreme Court or not!
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