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Precedent-Setting Victory in Food Chain Case

Situation

Our client, a Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer, was faced with a multiplaintiff toxic tort case. Plaintiffs alleged that they contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of ingesting chlorinated aromatic compounds through the food chain. (Client ceased manufacturing and selling the chemical nearly 40 years earlier.)

Result

After a four-week trial, a California state court jury rejected plaintiffs’ claims that chlorinated aromatic compounds caused plaintiffs’ non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This was a significant precedent-setting victory, as it was the first food chain case to go to trial.