View Our Practice Areas

State of Washington First to Sue Monsanto over PCB Pollution

Paul Bohn, Esq.

At a news conference in Seattle, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that Washington will be the first state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pervasive pollution from PCBs.

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, haven't been used in decades as they were banned by Congress in 1979, but were previously common in many industrial and commercial applications such as paints and fluids.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, PCBs have been associated with many health problems with humans as well as other animals.

Citing health problems with the regions protected salmon and orcas, the state expects to win hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollar from Monsanto, claiming that the company "produced PCBs for decades while hiding what they knew about the toxic chemicals' harm to human health and the environment."

Monsanto answered the lawsuit by questioning the legality of their actions. Spokesman Scot S. Partridge pointed out that the selling of PCBs was legal four to eight decades ago when they were sold. Monsanto also believes that their company has no fault in the dangers saying that the PCBs were not only lawful, but were useful and used by third parties to make their product. According to spokeswoman Charla Lord, "If improper disposal or other improper uses created the necessity for clean-up costs, then these other third parties would bear responsibility for these costs."

Washington's lawsuit seeks damages on several grounds including product liability, negligence, and even trespass, for injuring the state's natural resources. At this point, it is unclear if other states would follow Washington's lead and sue Monsanto.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Our Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location:
41700 West Six Mile Road, Suite 101
Northville, MI 48168

Toll Free: 888-674-1189
Toll Free: 800-693-4800
Phone: 248-468-4536
Fax: 248-380-3434
Map & Directions

  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyers in Ann Arbor -2020