Baron & Budd Announces $105 Million Settlement for Water Providers Affected by Atrazine

  Baron & Budd Announces $105 Million Settlement for Water Providers Affected
  by Atrazine

Business Wire

DALLAS -- October 26, 2012

Baron & Budd announced a $105 million  settlement on behalf of over 1,000
community water systems that have detected the chemical atrazine in their
water supplies. The settlement concludes class action litigation that has been
pending for more than eight years against Syngenta AG and Syngenta Crop
Protection LLC, the chemical companies that produce and market atrazine and
atrazine-containing products.

Scott Summy (Photo: Business Wire)

Scott Summy (Photo: Business Wire)

Atrazine is an agricultural herbicide widely used in the United States --- and
particularly in the Midwest --- to control weeds in corn and soybean crops.
Once applied, the chemical easily runs off into surface waters and drinking
water supplies. As a result, many municipalities and water providers have
detected atrazine in their water supplies and spent significant sums to remove
it from finished water. The settlement will reimburse those costs to more than
1,000 water providers who serve water to more than 30 million Americans.

In 2004, a water provider filed a lawsuit in Illinois state court against
Syngenta AG and Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., alleging that Syngenta knew
that atrazine would invade surface water such as lakes, rivers and streams but
chose to sell the product without consideration for the expense water
providers would incur to remove atrazine from water before supplying it to
consumers. Then, in 2010, several public drinking water providers filed a
similar suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of
Illinois. After extensive discovery and aggressive litigation, the parties
reached a settlement on a class-wide basis. The Southern District approved the
class settlement on October 23, 2012.

“This settlement sends a message to chemical companies that they must bear the
responsibility for products that contaminate water supplies and provides
significant economic relief to water providers,” said Baron & Budd shareholder
Scott Summy, who was appointed Class Counsel along with Steve Tillery of the
Korein Tillery law firm in St. Louis.

Dallas based Baron & Budd has long been on the vanguard of environmental
protection litigation. The firm’s Water Contamination Group is headed by Scott
Summy, who is recognized nationally as one of the most experienced “water
lawyers” in the country. For over fifteen years, he has challenged America’s
oil and chemical industries in water contamination cases, successfully
litigating and negotiating results for more than 200 water providers,
municipalities, and private well owners. Other attorneys in the group are
Shareholders Cary McDougal, Laura Baughman, Carla Burke, Celeste Evangelisti,
and Stephen Johnston, as well as Associates Cristina Sanchez and Mitchell
McCrea, and Senior Paralegal Erin McIntosh.

About Baron & Budd

The law firm of Baron & Budd with offices in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Austin and
Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized law firm with over 30 years of
"Protecting What’s Right" for people, communities and businesses harmed by
negligence. Baron & Budd’s size and resources enable the firm to take on large
and complex cases. The firm represents individuals, governmental and business
entities in areas as diverse as water contamination, Gulf oil spill, Qui Tam,
California Proposition 65 violations, unsafe drugs and medical devices,
Chinese drywall, deceptive advertising, consumer financial fraud, securities
fraud and asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma. http://baronandbudd.com

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Contact:

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Susan Knape, 214-629-0596
susan@susanknape.com
or
Amanda Theaker, 214-991-1051
atheaker@baronbudd.com
 
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