Monsanto Beats $15 Million PCB Claim

Monsanto Beats $15 Million PCB Claim

A Los Angeles County jury found Monsanto Company not liable for Roslyn Dauber’s and John Di Costanzo’s non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The plaintiffs had claimed that their lymphoma was caused by eating food contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which were widely used in food packaging prior to being banned in the 1970s. Monsanto manufactured the vast majority of PCBs in the United States. The plaintiffs sought $15 million in actual damages, as well as punitive damages, claiming that Monsanto produced PCBs for decades while hiding the compounds’ health risks from the public. Monsanto argued at trail that PCBs, though known to be carcinogenic, have not been linked to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans. Monsanto further argued that its actions decades ago must be considered in light of the standards of the time. [4/7/16]

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