Monsanto Can't Escape Cities' PCBs Suit, Judge Rules

By Kat Sieniuc (February 6, 2017, 3:38 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday said Monsanto Co. can't escape separate public nuisance suits filed by San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley seeking cleanup costs for allegedly contaminating the San Francisco Bay with polychlorinated biphenyls, ruling the cities have a legitimate property interest in captured stormwater under the state's water code.

The court previously granted Monsanto a dismissal bid because the cities couldn't show they owned stormwater that flows through municipal pipes to the bay, a requirement of a public entity to bring a non-representative nuisance action for damages.

But since then, new rules under California's water code that give cities...

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