After nearly 33 years on the market, DuPont decided that it would stop production of the chemical Benlate. Benlate had been linked with several adverse health side effects, however it was the legal suits that they cited as the main reason for recalling the product. Benlate was used quite successfully in destroying fungus. However, DuPont decided that the financial risk to their company was to great so on April 19th 2001, DuPont permanently stopped the production of Benlate.
The problems began for Benlate in 1989. The product was temporarily recalled amid allegations that when combined with certain herbicides Benlate could produce disastrous effects. In 1991, things only got worse. US farmers filed hundreds of class action lawsuits against DuPont claiming that Benlate had destroyed millions of dollars in crops. The majority of the cases were settled at a total cost of $750 million, one of the largest amounts paid out at the time.
The trouble for Benlate didn't end there. A couple were awarded $4 million , claiming Benlate caused their newborn child to be born without eyes. In 2000, DuPont were ordered to pay an additional $100 million in damages to two Texas fruit companies who alleged Benlate damaged their orchards. Additional lawsuits have been brought forward costing DuPont $1 billion. It is estimated that when all future suits have been decided the total legal cost to the company will be $1.3 billion.
If you are someone who has been hurt by Benlate then you may be entitled to monetary damages. The first thing to do would be to get legal advice. An attorney could advise you best on the process of bringing a class action lawsuit and the types of compensation you may be entitled to. You may be able to claim for damage brought against your property or business. If your problems are health-related, you may be able to claim for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses incurred and loss of wages due to missed work. The amount will depend on your own circumstances.
Dozens of people throughout the country need our Benlate lawyers immediately. DuPont had a responsibility to ensure the safety of their product, which it clearly failed to do. Benlate potentially cost farmers millions and put people's health at risk. Begin your case and contact our Benlate attorneys today.