from MONSANTO...The Supreme Court of Korea has eliminated previous monetary awards and instructed a lower court to reconsider its decision that Dow Chemical and the former Monsanto Company as chemical suppliers to the U.S. government in the 1960s are liable for claims by Korean Vietnam War veterans. The lower court decision was contrary to established legal principles and U.S. precedent involving claims by Vietnam veterans.
“Our employees have great respect for the Korean, U.S.
and other allied soldiers sent to any war including those in service in
the Vietnam War,” said David F. Snively, Monsanto Executive Vice
President and General Counsel. “It is the role of the U.S.
government and the Republic of Korea to resolve any issues arising from
wartime activities and both nations have implemented measures to provide
support for their veterans.”
Agent Orange was a military herbicide used from 1961 to 1971 to
defoliate vegetation in the Vietnamese jungles and saved the lives of
allied soldiers. Nine chemical companies manufactured Agent Orange for the U.S. government. The
U.S government specified the chemical composition of Agent Orange and
when, where and how the material was used in Vietnam. Agent Orange
received its name because of the orange band around containers of the
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