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Syngenta Paraquat Herbicide and Parkinson’s Disease Class Action

Paraquat is a synthetic herbicide that the complaint for this class action alleges is “highly acutely toxic.” The companies responsible for this herbicide are Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, Syngenta AG, and Chevron USA, Inc. The complaint claims these companies “knew or should have known that Paraquat is toxic to humans and causes Parkinson’s Disease…, a degenerative, debilitating neuromuscular disorder for which there is no cure.”

The class for this action is all persons in the US who used or were exposed to Paraquat and who have not been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

The complaint for this class action calls paraquat “the most highly acutely toxic herbicide to be marketed over the last 70 years” and says that it is “banned in more than 30 countries, including in the European Union and China.”

Unfortunately, the plaintiff in this case, Doug Holliday, has been spraying the herbicide on the ground crops on his farm, both the 1990s and in more recent years. The complaint alleges he was exposed to the herbicide “including through the epithelial tissues, respiratory system, and digestive system, and that this exposure significantly increased the risk that [Holliday] and consumers would develop Parkinson’s Disease.”

Holliday, the complaint says, “used Paraquat on thousands of acres of crop ground for many years. … [He] was exposed to Paraquat when it was mixed, loaded, applied, and/or cleaned; as a result of spray drift; and/or as a result of contact with sprayed plants.” This, the complaint alleges, has put him at increased risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease, so that he is in need of medical monitoring during future years.

While there is no cure for Parkinson’s, the complaint points out that some treatments improve symptoms and slow the progress of the disease. Medical monitoring is therefore important, as it can improve his condition and reduce the medical expenses he may incur.

The complaint alleges that the companies did not make adequate tests of Paraquat, “including when mixed in particular formulations” and “did not formulate or label Paraquat” so that harmful exposure would be unlikely. In addition, it did not label Paraquat products to warn them that the use of the products would increase their likelihood of getting Parkinson’s Disease.

“Instead,” the complaint claims, the companies “sold Paraquat with complete disregard and reckless indifference to the safety of” those who bought and used it or who were otherwise exposed to it.

The counts are strict product liability, including failure to warn and design defect, and negligence.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Syngenta Paraquat Herbicide and Parkinson’s Disease Complaint

May 3, 2021

Paraquat is a synthetic herbicide that the complaint for this class action alleges is “highly acutely toxic.” The companies responsible for this herbicide are Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, Syngenta AG, and Chevron USA, Inc. The complaint claims these companies “knew or should have known that Paraquat is toxic to humans and causes Parkinson’s Disease…, a degenerative, debilitating neuromuscular disorder for which there is no cure.”

Syngenta Paraquat Herbicide and Parkinson’s Disease Complaint

Case Event History

Syngenta Paraquat Herbicide and Parkinson’s Disease Complaint

May 3, 2021

Paraquat is a synthetic herbicide that the complaint for this class action alleges is “highly acutely toxic.” The companies responsible for this herbicide are Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC, Syngenta AG, and Chevron USA, Inc. The complaint claims these companies “knew or should have known that Paraquat is toxic to humans and causes Parkinson’s Disease…, a degenerative, debilitating neuromuscular disorder for which there is no cure.”

Syngenta Paraquat Herbicide and Parkinson’s Disease Complaint
Tags: Agriculture, Herbicide, Increases Risk of Illness, Parkinson's Disease