Vietnam is again seeking justice for the victims of Agent Orange, inspired by the multi-million dollar verdicts against Monsanto in California. The biotech firm had supplied the American chemical to the chemist during the Vietnam War.
The Agent Orange Victims Association of Vietnam (VAVA) has written a letter to a US court asking it to restart a class action lawsuit by Agent Orange victims against US chemical companies, including Monsanto, that the Eastern District Court of New York dismissed 2004, alleging a "lack of evidence" and asserting that the "herbicide spraying ... did not constitute a pre-1975 war crime."
Citing two recent court rulings in San Francisco where Monsanto's Roundup was found liable for the health damages and the company was ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation, VAVA stated that it is time for the company to take responsibility. Responsibility for supplying the US Army with Orange during the brutal chemical warfare campaign (1961-1971) against Viet Cong guerrillas in which 12 million gallons of herbicide were used.
Dioxin, a highly toxic element in Agent Orange, has been linked to major health problems, including birth defects, cancer, and other deadly diseases. Noting that Vietnam currently has more than 4.8 million Agent Orange victims, the letter called for justice for people with horrible deformities.
"Where is the justice for the Vietnamese victims who are destroyed every day by the toxic chemical?" He asks in the letter.
Is all the scientific evidence, with people as living proof, and the Agent Orange-ravaged Vietnam environment used by the US in a senseless war of 1961-1971 still not convincing?
Monsanto, which was acquired by German giant Bayer AG last June, argued in the past that it was the US military that set the specifications for making Agent Orange and decided where and how the herbicide was used. The company also noted that it was one of many US government contractors in the war that manufactured the toxin.
Last month, a jury in San Francisco awarded Edwin Hardeman $ 80 million in punitive damages after the court found that Roundup, Monsanto's infamous glyphosate-based herbicide, was a "significant factor" in causing non-lymphoma cancer. Hodgkins. In a similar case in August 2018, Dewayne Johnson received $ 289mn after developing cancer from long-term exposure to Roundup. After months of legal drama, the terminal cancer patient accepted a reduced payment of $ 78 million.