Agent Orange Victims Sue Monsanto

Twenty years after U.S. veterans case, Vietnamese victims follow suit

| November 11, 2004

Monsanto and its parent company, Dow Chemical, are two of 37 defendants in a class action lawsuit filed by the Vietnamese Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) on behalf of three Vietnamese nationals. Judge Jack Weinstein is presiding over pre-trial proceedings this month in New York.

In 1984, Weinstein adjudicated the only other lawsuit brought against Agent Orange manufacturers, which pit American veterans against seven major chemical companies. The standoff concluded with a $180 million settlement paid out over 12 years, but none of the companies, which were required by the U.S. government to produce the chemical during the war, accepted liability for the damages.