Class Action Accuses Army of Poisoning People in the '50s
A class action personal injury lawsuit alleges that Monsanto and others were part of a U.S. Army experiment that secretly poisoned people with toxic chemicals in the 1950s.
Courthouse News reports that the lead plaintiff in the suit alleges that Monsanto, Parsons Government Services, and SRI International participated in a secret Army study that caused toxic chemicals – including potentially radioactive cadmium -- to be sprayed upon the residents and buildings of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St. Louis from 1953 to the 1960s.
The lawsuit alleges that the chemicals caused emotional psychological trauma and harm along with personal injury . The lead plaintiff is seeking actual and punitive damages for public nuisance, liability, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and battery.
The purpose of the study, "Involuntary Chemical Study on PI Residents," remains unknown but the 33 buildings in the housing complex were demolished in the 1970s, reports Courthouse News.