On December 21, 2020, two plaintiffs, Michael Joseph Kearns and Jean Rae Kearns, both residents of Texas filed a lawsuit in federal court in St. Clair County, Illinois under case number: 20L1006.
The lawsuit names defendants Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, Syngenta AG, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, Chevron U.S.A. Inc., and Growmark Inc.
Michael and Jean are married, and their complaint states that Michael suffers from Parkinson's disease which they believe was caused by exposure to Paraquat. In this newly filed Paraquat Lawsuit, the plaintiffs state that the exposures occurred in the State of Illinois and the State of Wisconsin between the years of 1967 and 1974. Mr. Kearns applied Paraquat as a crop duster in the areas of Elkhorn, Wisconsin and Danville, Illinois. Mr. Kearns also detailed residential exposure having lived close to fields where the herbicide was used.
Mr. Kearns was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease on November 25, 2019. The complaint states that he did not know his exposure to Paraquat could lead to developing Parkinson's disease. Mr. Kearns is seeking financial compensation from the defendants for his personal injuries, loss of support, society and consortium.
The complaint details the corporate history of all the defendants named in the lawsuit and continues to recount the various exposures suffered by the plaintiff.
"Agricultural workers work hard and are some of the most important people in society. They deserve better. There appears to be ample evidence that Paraquat was dangerous and these companies should have known that. They should have warned these workers that they may be exposing themselves to a chemical that could result in the development of Parkinson's disease. Frankly, they should have pulled the product from the market. Now its time to get justice. These people deserve justice, and I am going to work my hardest on these cases to ensure my clients get what they deserve." - Jason Reese.
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