Oregon Monsanto PCBs Litigation

State of Oregon, by and through Ellen F. Rosenblum, Attorney General for the State of Oregon,
v. Monsanto Company, et al.
Multnomah County Circuit Court, State of Oregon
Case No. 18CV00540

Case Overview

On January 4, 2018, Keller Rohrback, and the State of Oregon filed suit against Monsanto seeking to hold the chemical giant responsible for the toxic contamination it created across the state. Monsanto, the sole manufacturer of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (commonly known as PCBs), hid the dangers of this widely used suite of chemicals.

PCBs are found in river sediments and measured in the tissues of fish and wildlife throughout the state. Oregon’s Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum, appointed Keller Rohrback attorneys Amy Williams-Derry, Derek Loeser and Daniel Mensher, along with attorneys from law firm Stoll Berne, as Special Assistant Attorneys General to represent the state in this critical litigation.

“We are honored to work with the State of Oregon, Attorney General Rosenblum, and Stoll Berne to bring this critical litigation to hold Monsanto responsible for the mess it created across the state. Monsanto’s PCBs contaminate rivers, fish, wildlife, and people. And it’s only fair that it foot the cleanup bill for these chemicals it long knew posed grave dangers to humans and the environment,” Mensher said.

Case Status

Keller Rohrback and the State of Oregon’s Complaint was filed on January 4, 2018 in the Multnomah County Circuit Court, Oregon. In January 2019, the Keller Rohrback and Oregon scored a key victory when the Court issued a ruling denying most of Monsanto’s motion to dismiss, and allowing the State to proceed with its case.

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