Monsanto Given Legal Shield in a Chemical Safety Bill


The quest to create a healthy, sustainable food system was just dealt a serious blow. In 2015, the massive biotechnology company, Monsanto, received a major legal shield from the House of Representatives. With the addition of just one paragraph to a preexisting chemical safety bill, Monsanto has just been shielded from legal ramifications caused by certain hazardous chemicals made by the company. Moreover, although the company maintains that it had nothing to do with the bill’s latest amendment and the House of Representatives denies that this addition was made intentionally to save the company, what is clear and apparent, is the fact that the new amendment will benefit Monsanto, the only manufacturer of the now banned polychlorinated biphenyls, solely. If nothing else, this will be a time in which a quality litigation attorney is invaluable.

More About the Bill

Although many are not fond of the bill’s latest addition, the bill itself is actually a necessary item. While most people do not wish for companies such as Monsanto to receive a legal pass on the hazardous chemicals and materials they have been using, the bill addresses a much-needed revamp of the way we regulate thousands of chemicals in North America. On the whole, all parties involved agree that the new legislation would be a vast improvement on current laws in regards to chemical regulations. Nevertheless, with the addition of the paragraph providing protection to companies such as Monsanto, there is clearly much more work to do before this bill becomes something that is beneficial to companies, politicians, and citizens alike. Any quality litigation attorney would argue that since the company directly benefits, the name “Monsanto” needn’t be explicitly stated.

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Although the company obviously stands to benefit from the recently amended initiative, Monsanto asserts that they don’t exactly consider the bill to be a gift. In fact, they aren’t overly impressed by either version of it. Perhaps, this is due to the fact that, even with the addition of the so-called “Monsanto Clause”, the bill has done nothing more, but reinforce the fact that PCBs are a dangerous class of chemicals and the fact that the company is being protected shows that many of our representatives have some vested interest in the well-being of the company. In other words, it makes perfect sense why Monsanto would try to distance itself from this bill, despite being one of the only companies that stands to directly benefit from it. A litigation attorney would also point out that the motives of policymakers must also be called into question.

PCB Litigation Attorney

Originally created to prevent fires and explosions in electrical transformers and other equipment, the widespread usage of PCBs occurred over time. As evidence mounted that suggested the chemicals were harmful, the E.P.A. banned production of PCBs in 1979. Within the past year alone, PCB litigation has soared as schools are being forced to find ways to comply with directives from federal and state regulators to reduce PCB levels in sewer discharge which obviously exists because the chemical was present in the materials used to construct the buildings. Moreover, a group of individuals is suing Monsanto for damages as they were diagnosed with a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which they assert was caused by the chemical. While there may be some credence to these claims, without a quality litigation attorney, the victims have an uphill battle in terms of securing a victory. If you or your loved one are in need of a quality litigation attorney, please contact the attorneys at GOM Law for a free consultation and to learn your rights as well as the next steps to be taken in order to increase your chances of securing a victory.