Large toxic-exposure settlement in Brazil


Brazilian environmental-health advocacy scored a win this month as Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell and German chemical giant BASF agreed to a R$700 million (US$357 million) settlement of a class-action suit former workers here filed over pesticide exposure. The agreement, announced March 11, marks one of the largest class-action settlements ever reached in Brazil and is expected by some to encourage more class-action suits over toxic exposures here. It calls for Shell and BASF to pay individual damages totaling R$200 million (US$102 million) to the 1,068 former workers of a pesticide production plant in the city of Paulínia in southeastern São Paulo state. The companies, which owned the plant at different times, also pledged to provide the... [Log in to read more]

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