Pharmacia Shakes Schools' Toxic Light Ballasts Suit

By Matt Sharp (September 2, 2015, 5:54 PM EDT) -- An Alabama federal judge on Tuesday tossed a putative class action targeting Pharmacia Corp. over costs to replace toxic fluorescent light ballasts in schools nationwide, finding that the Tuscumbia City School System had failed to adequately back up its claims.

U.S. District Judge Charles Lynwood Smith Jr. said in his decision that evidence and testimony offered by Tuscumbia largely speculated on, but did not support, allegations surrounding the release of polychlorinated biphenyls from the ballasts of fluorescent light fixtures used in the Alabama town's schools. 

"No reasonable jury could conclude from the scintilla of evidence produced by plaintiff that PCBs actually...

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