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Monsanto court ruling bolsters the hope for millions of Vietnamese Agent Orange victims
Author: Vietnam News, Published on: 26 August 2018
...On August 11, the US court ruled that the multinational agrochemical corporation was liable for the health issues of a former groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, who claims that Monsato’s weed-killer product (Roundup) contains carcinogens that cause his cancers...The US chemical group Monsanto...was one of the main suppliers of...of herbicides which contain Agent Orange that US troops sprayed over southern Vietnam in the period from 1961-71, to clear out the dense tracts of tropical jungles...Monsanto and other chemical groups insist that their products were not harmful to humans’ health...Quách Thành Vinh, Chief of Office and Director of Liaison Lawyers Office for the Hà Nội-based Việt Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA), said that the court ruling set a fortuitous legal precedent that will help settle similar cases in which victims of chemical toxins seek compensation...Merle Ratner, the American co-ordinator of the US-based Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign, agreed that the ruling given by the US court holds “historical significance” and important implications...The multinational giant...has always denied that it is to blame for the consequences of Agent Orange, saying that the weapon “was only produced for, and used by, the government,” and pointing out that it was just one of nine manufacturers of the same toxin supplied to the army during the period of 1965-69...