Monsanto Can't Escape Spokane River Contamination Suit

Law360, New York (October 27, 2016, 2:02 PM EDT) -- A U.S. district judge Wednesday largely upheld a suit from a city in the state of Washington claiming that Monsanto Co. should have to pay for cleanup costs associated with pollution in the Spokane River, finding the city can't bring one of its products liability claims because it isn't a consumer.

The city of Spokane sued Monsanto in August 2015, alleging the chemical giant should be liable for the costs associated with cleaning up polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and reducing PCB discharge from Spokane's wastewater and stormwater systems into the river. Spokane brought claims of public nuisance, negligence, equitable indemnity as...

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