Monsanto Can't Pare Agent Orange Disposal Suit

Law360, New York (September 28, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to trim a dispute alleging Monsanto Co. exposed West Virginia residents to Agent Orange chemicals, rejecting its argument that it was not liable for claims tied to disposing waste while it was a government contractor.

U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe rejected Monsanto's partial summary judgment bid on claims that it negligently disposed of dioxin waste through a process called pit burning. The chemical giant could not wield the government contractor defense because it did not show that...
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