STORY FROM: Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation

Defendants Oppose Motion to Remand PCBs Exposure Suit, Say They Acted Under Direction of Federal Government

ST. LOUIS –– Defendants have opposed a motion to remand a PCBs exposure lawsuit, maintaining that they were acting under “the close supervision” of the federal government when it manufactured PCBs to meet the country’s military needs and “ensure the safety of the nation’s power grid.”

In the Feb. 4 opposition brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the defendants –– including Monsanto Co., Pharmacia LLC, and Solutia Inc. –– argued that, at various points, they manufactured PCBs at the express direction and command of the federal government, for federal defense contractors, and for ...

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