WINFIELD – Fifty recently filed lawsuits allege Monsanto and related companies are responsible for causing cancer.
Each of the complaints, filed Aug. 3 in Putnam Circuit Court, say
Monsanto and its successor companies caused cancer by exposing the
plaintiffs to dioxins/furans contamination of the air and property in
and around Nitro. The cases mention the “negligent and otherwise
unlawful release of dioxin from defendants’ waste disposal practices on
properties … located in and about Nitro, West Virginia.”
These individual cases, filed by Stuart Calwell and The Calwell Firm
of Charleston, are not part of an ongoing class action involving
thousands of current and former Nitro residents alleging Monsanto
polluted the area with dioxin. The class action case specifies no
specific damages, and the class-action plaintiffs seek medical
The plaintiffs in the new cases, also represented by Calwell, are
residents and former residents of Nitro or one or more of several
surrounding communities of the now defunct chemical plant located near
Nitro. They lived, worked or attended school in Nitro.
Monsanto owned and operated the plant from 1934 to 2000. From 1949 to
1970, the company produced an herbicide that was heavily contaminated
with dibenzo dioxins and dibenzo furans. The complaints say the company
disposed of the dioxin-contaminated waste in a way which caused dioxins
to escape into the air.
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