Monsanto’s long history of toxic chemical manufacture hasn’t made it many friends outside other corporate interests, but still, most of us don’t know quite how far their toxic reach extends – and they’d like to keep it that way. Fortunately, at least one judge disagrees.
Thus far, Monsanto’s managed to survive at least in part by avoiding legal trouble, as their lawyers have somehow managed to get most of the cases against them thrown out. In the current case involving the city of Spokane, Washington, however, that’s no longer the case. Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington, first filed suit against Monsanto in October 2016, looking to collect damages as a result of large-scale pollution of the Spokane River, which bisects downtown Spokane, and has long been a cultural touchstone.
Monsanto, though, has done everything in their power to make the suit go away – including claiming that too much time has passed. As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, however, Federal Judge Salvador Mendoza said not so fast – and threw out seven of Monsanto’s eight claims. “The public harm at issue here comes from PCBs reaching the River, but the nuisance itself is Monsanto’s production, marketing, and […]