MONSANTO DIOXIN CASE Settlement Proposed For Monsanto Case
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Feb. 23, 2012 2:46 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 23, 2012 9:32 PM EST
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, Putnam County
, West Virginia
A West Virginia class-action lawsuit pollution lawsuit against Monsanto Co. could be resolved before it goes to trial.
The Charleston Gazette reports that there's a proposed settlement but Judge Derek Swope has questions about it. A hearing is scheduled Friday in Putnam County Circuit Court.
A gag order remains in effect. The newspaper says Swope has sealed all documents pertaining to the proposed settlement.
The lawsuit seeks medical monitoring for at least 5,000 current and former Nitro residents. It alleges a former Monsanto plant unsafely dispersed dioxin, exposing residential properties and streams to unsafe levels of the toxic chemical.
During a court proceeding Thursday, Swope raised questions about several items, including a cleanup of residences.
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