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A jury ruled in favor of Monsanto.

May 01, 1985

The firm won on all but one count in a $28-million lawsuit brought by former workers who alleged that they were poisoned on the job by chemicals. The federal court jury in Charleston, W.Va., ruled that, although the seven former employees suffer from long-term health problems as a result of on-the-job contact with dioxin, the company did not knowingly poison them. Monsanto lawyer David Snively said the company would appeal the $200,000 in damages that the jury awarded one of the plaintiffs, John Hein, for health problems that he suffers because of exposure to the chemical PAB, once used to treat rubber. Hein was diagnosed during the trial as having bladder cancer.

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