Scott Summy of Baron and Budd Leads Charge Against Monsanto Regarding PCB Contamination in Schools

  Scott Summy of Baron and Budd Leads Charge Against Monsanto Regarding PCB
  Contamination in Schools

 Lawsuit to Hold Monsanto Accountable for Use of Dangerous Chemical in School
                            Construction Materials

Business Wire

DALLAS -- May 14, 2014

Scott Summy, shareholder at Baron and Budd, has filed a lawsuit against the
Monsanto Company and its corporate successors on behalf of the Town of
Westport and Westport Community Schools in Massachusetts. The lawsuit pertains
to the use of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools. According to the
court documents, Monsanto allegedly knew about the dangers of PCBs for
decades, but failed to warn people of these dangers. The goal of the lawsuit
is to force Monsanto to pay for the removal of the PCBs from the schools.
Attorney Richard M. Sandman of Rodman, Rodman & Sandman, P.C., and Robert
Gordon of Weitz & Luxenberg also serve as co-counsel in the lawsuit.

Scott Summy (Photo: Business Wire)

Scott Summy (Photo: Business Wire)

“Students and teachers should not be exposed to PCB on a daily basis while at
school,"said Scott Summy of Baron and Budd. “Monsanto knew that PCB was being
added to construction materials that were being used extensively in
publicschools, and did nothing about it. Now, it’s time for Monsanto to foot
the bill to take that same hazardous material out of our schools.”

In May 2011, elevated levels of PCBs were first detected in Westport Middle
School. The levels exceeded the minimum safety levels set by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the EPA, PCBs are probable human carcinogens and can have serious
toxic effects on a person’s immune system, nervous system, endocrine system
and reproductive system, particularly in developing school children.

Unfortunately, PCBs in Westport is only the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of
schools across America likely contain PCB. However, because there is no
requirement to test, many schools aren't aware of its existence. PCBs are
synthetic chemicals that were widely used in numerous construction materials
from the early 1950s until the chemical was banned in the late 1970s.
PCB-contaminated materials were primarily used incommercialconstruction,
such as school buildings. Though PCBs have been used in a wide variety of
materials, they have commonly been used in window and door caulking and light
ballasts. Adding to the danger, PCBs can migrate out of their original
position and into the adjoining walls, flooring, masonry and soil. PCBs can
also be released into the air, posing a serious hazard to people who come in
contact with it. Monsanto is the only known U.S. manufacturer of PCBs.

Scott Summy has been a national leader in environmental litigation,
particularly in the area of water contamination. Summy was a chief negotiator
of a $420 million national settlement with many of the nation’s leading oil
companies that forced these companies to clean up contaminated water. Summy
also recently served as class counsel in a recent settlement regarding
atrazine water contamination, the first settlement of its kind in the nation.
Summy currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the
litigation surrounding the 2010 BP oil spill.

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