US, DuPont Ruled Liable In Herbicide Fight

Law360, New York (March 29, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT) -- Ruling in a bellwether trial brought by Idaho farmers over a DuPont Co. herbicide used by the U.S. to rehabilitate burned-out public lands, a judge has found that the government and the chemical giant are both responsible for damage to nearby crops.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho adopted a jury's advisory verdict on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management must pay the farmers $6 million in damages.

The judge also agreed...
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