Reuters

Monsanto hit with $165 million verdict over PCBs in Seattle school

In a recent development, a U.S. jury has ordered Bayer’s Monsanto to pay $165 million to employees of a school northeast of Seattle. These employees claimed that chemicals made by the company, known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), leaked from light fixtures and caused them to fall ill. The Washington state court jury found Monsanto liable for selling PCB-containing products that were used in the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe, Washington, without ensuring their safety or providing adequate warnings. The verdict, in favor of six teachers and a custodian who suffered from cancer, brain injuries, and other health issues due to PCB exposure, adds to the growing list of trial losses for the company. With nearly $870 million in verdicts related to alleged PCB exposure at the Sky Valley center, Monsanto is now facing significant financial consequences, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney.

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