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Court Begins Jury Selection for Monsanto Agent Orange Trial

2:51 PM MST | January 5, 2012 | Kara Sissell

A lawsuit brought by residents of Nitro, WV seeking medical monitoring compensation related to Monsanto’s legacy production of Agent Orange is scheduled to go to trial next week. Plaintiffs allege Monsanto’s manufacturing of the defoliant before it was banned in the 1970s resulted in dioxin contamination in the area. Mediation attempts have failed and jury selection began yesterday, according to local press reports. The lawsuit seeks compensation for medical monitoring for thousands of residents in the Nitro area; a separate lawsuit by residents seeks...

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