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From February 2, 2006
Court Orders Dow and Monsanto To Pay Fines
The South Korean court that heard the case acknowledged that there is a “causal relationship” between the toxic herbicide and eleven diseases, citing a report from the National Academy of Sciences. While the court acknowledged a variety of different diseases it did not acknowledge peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy – a nervous system disease that can cause temporary numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations, and in severe cases muscle wasting and paralysis – is the most widely spread disease among Agent Orange victims.
According to an article in The St. Petersburg Times, in 1999 approximately 20,000 South Koreans filed two separate lawsuits against Dow and Monsanto, seeking over 5-billion dollars in reparations. The lawsuits were lost in 2002 and promptly appealed. Last week’s ruling was a combined ruling for the two cases that awarded damages ranging from $6,200 to $47,500 to approximately 6,800 veterans and relatives of deceased victims.
While many are regarding this lawsuit as a victory, there is also disappointment as the court rejected a similar case against the companies involving children of Agent Orange victims who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. They claim they got the disease because their fathers were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Some people are confused by the court’s refusal to acknowledge the connection between Agent Orange and peripheral neuropathy. The connection between the disease and the herbicide has been determined and supported by the National Academy of Sciences.