US Veteran Against the manufacturers:
Since at least 1978, several lawsuits have been filed against the companies which produced Agent Orange, among them Dow Chemical, Monsanto
Diamond Alkali/Shamrock (which produced 5%).
Hy Mayerson of the law firm The Mayerson Law Offices, P.C. was an early pioneer in Agent Orange litigation, working with renown environmental attorney
Victor Yannacone in 1980 on the first class-action suits against wartime manufacturers of Agent Orange. In meeting Dr. Ronald A. Codario, one of the
first civilian doctors to see afflicted patients, Mayerson, so impressed by the fact that an M.D. would show so much interest in a Vietnam veteran,
forwarded more than a thousand pages of information on Agent Orange and the effects of dioxin on animals and humans to Codario's office the day after
he was first contacted by the doctor as described in the book Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange by Fred A. Wilcox.
The Mayerson Law Offices, P.C., with Sgt. Charles E. Hartz as their principal client, filed the first Agent Orange class action lawsuit, in
Pennsylvania in 1980, for the injuries that soldiers in Vietnam suffered through exposure to toxic dioxins in the Agent Orange defoliant. Attorney
Hy Mayerson co-wrote the brief that certified the Agent Orange Product Liability action as a class action, the largest ever filed as of it’s
filing. Hartz’s deposition was one of the first ever taken in America, and the first for an Agent Orange trial, for the purpose of preserving
testimony at trial, as it was understood that Hartz would not live to see the trial because of the brain tumor that began to develop while he was a
member of Tiger Force, Special Forces, and LRRPs in Vietnam. The firm also located and supplied critical research to the Veterans’ lead
expert Dr. Ronald A. Codario, M.D., including approximately one hundred articles from toxicology journals dating back more than a decade, as well as
data about where herbicides had been sprayed, what the effects of dioxin had been on animals and humans, and every accident in factories where
herbicides were produced or dioxin was a contaminant of some chemical reaction.
U.S. veterans obtained a $180 million settlement in a class action lawsuit in 1984, with most affected veterans receiving a one-time lump sum payment
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Tollerud, chairman of environmental and occupational health sciences for the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information
Sciences, was vice chairman of the first federal committee that reviewed more than 230 studies and determined in 1993 that Agent Orange was linked to
three cancers as well as skin and liver disorders. Other reviews have since confirmed links to dozens more cancers as well as some nerve disorders.
No one at the time expected the herbicides to harm the soldiers, he said.
"All the information I have seen is that the military -- and the scientific community involved in advising the military -- thought these were very
safe compounds," Tollerud said.
Eiler said the Army told soldiers that the potent herbicides were harmless to humans -- that they could even take a swim in them without getting
. (We're hearing this same advice regarding the oil spill today.)
"We used the empty barrels to catch rainwater to drink. I think that's why I've got it so bad," Eiler said. "When you're 18 years old, why would
you argue? It was the only thing we had to catch rainwater."
Tollerud said most of the health problems come from dioxin that ended up in the herbicides when chemical manufacturers let quality controls slip as
they ramped up production to meet government orders.
"It was a complete accident
," Tollerud said.
This lawsuit filed against Monsanto & other companies proves that Monsanto is involved with the government & taking orders to create poisons.
I highly doubt that Monsanto's manufacturing of Dioxin was an accident.
Now we have judges lifting bans on their genetically modified soy.
The soldiers of Vietnam were guinea pigs & encouraged to swim in the herbicide-tainted water.
This is further proof that the government is in bed with Monsanto & their love child is named eugenics.
Corexit is the Dioxin of the 21st century.
DON'T SWIM IN THE GULF!!!
Take care, best wishes, & remain vigilant!