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Oakland Leads $550 Million National Resolution of Environmental PCB Claims through Nationwide Class Settlement With Monsanto

Oakland, CA—Today, the City of Oakland, along with twelve other cities, counties, and ports, announced a proposed nationwide class action settlement with Monsanto Company, Pharmacia, LLC, and Solutia, Inc., for $550 million, resolving national PCB water contamination claims for a proposed class of 2,528 governmental entities.

Legal motions to approve the proposed settlement class have been filed in federal court in the Central District of California, in a case before Judge Fernando M. Olguin. Over a dozen lawsuits have been filed by governmental entities since March 2015 seeking cost recovery for stormwater and environmental contamination caused by chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which Monsanto manufactured between the 1930s and 1977.

“This national resolution will provide thousands of local government entities funds for monitoring, mitigation, and remediation efforts to manage PCBs in stormwater systems, sediments, and bodies of water,” said Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker. “The San Francisco Bay — including Lake Merritt and the Oakland Harbor — is a precious regional resource. I am proud to lead efforts to protect it and other waters throughout the nation.”

The settling named class plaintiffs leading the nationwide resolution include the City of Oakland, as well as the City of Spokane, City of Tacoma, the City of Portland, the Port of Portland, the City of Berkeley, the City of San Jose, County of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, City of San Diego, City of Chula Vista, City of Baltimore, and County of Baltimore. The cases were collectively litigated for over 5 years and were mediated and resolved through JAMS Mediator Judge (Ret.) Jay Gandhi.

The proposed class action must be approved by Judge Olguin prior to providing payments to the governmental entity class members. The proposed class action will provide all class members with a monetary benefit and will additionally provide funds for those governmental entities that have incurred or will incur significant expenses to protect and remediate America’s waterways. In addition to City Attorney Parker, the City is represented by outside counsel Scott Summy, John Fiske, and Carla Burke of Baron & Budd, P.C. and proposed Lead Class Counsel.

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Oakland Leads $550 Million National Resolution of Environmental PCB Claims through Nationwide Class Settlement With Monsanto