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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on July 13th, 2013 at 6:14 am

Korean Court Orders Dow and Monsanto to Pay Veterans for Agent Orange Exposure

I wonder if the US courts can get involved with this issue to force Dow Chemical and Monsanto to pay these ROK Army veterans exposed to agent orange in Vietnam?

SEOUL (AFP) – South Korea’s highest court on Friday upheld a ruling ordering two US Agent Orange makers to compensate 39 Vietnam War veterans, while sending another decision back to a lower court for review.
The Supreme Court recognised the correlation between the toxic defoliant and certain skin diseases, saying the 39 victims should receive a total of 466 million won ($415,000) from Dow Chemical and Monsanto.
The veterans had complained that Agent Orange was responsible for skin diseases such as “chemical acne”, which is caused by exposure to dioxin contained in Agent Orange, the court said.
Payment is now up to the US firms, but Dow Chemical said in a statement quoted by Yonhap news agency that it disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision, arguing that the verdict was not backed by clear evidence, citing US court rulings.
The South Korean court also sent back an appeals court verdict that the two firms should compensate thousands of other veterans who claimed to have similarly suffered from exposure to defoliants used during the Vietnam War.
More than 16,000 veterans filed separate lawsuits in 1999 against the US firms, seeking about five trillion won ($4.4 billion) in damages, but a district court ruled against them. [Fox News]

You can read more at the link, but I wonder if ROK veterans will next try to get them to pay for exposure to agent orange along the Korean DMZ as well? This is where the companies could take a huge financial hit considering how many soldiers served along the DMZ compared to the number that served in Vietnam.

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  • Dallas
    6:23 am on July 13th, 2013 1

    Dont give up.

  • tbonetylr
    5:27 pm on July 13th, 2013 2

    “US firms, but Dow Chemical said in a statement quoted by Yonhap news agency that it disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision, arguing that the verdict was not backed by clear evidence, citing US court rulings.”

    Evidence, what’s that?

  • Tom
    10:01 pm on July 13th, 2013 3

    US Vets got the big settlements from the US courts for agent orange sickness number of years back, while the same court turned down the Korean vet’s claims saying there was lack of evidence. So why can’t Korean vets too get the settlement in Korea, Tbone? :roll: How much money did these companies give to the Vietnamese? Exactly natta. They are war criminals, should be made to pay up.

  • Smokes
    11:19 pm on July 13th, 2013 4

    Why should private companies be responsible for what a government did? Sure they made it but they didn’t create the need for it, draft the contracts, or make the decision to spray it all over a warzone. If someone should be held responsible it should be the worst run company in the history of the us, Government Inc.

  • Dennis McHenney
    8:16 am on July 28th, 2013 5

    Equality with respect to Veteran dioxin exposure presumption for all Veterans. Most are seniors, too many have already died or will die young!
    We the undersigned petition the US Senate, US Congress and the President of the United States to enact legislation that makes ALL veterans have equal presumption of exposure to Dioxins while in the service of the United States at any location or unit. We feel that ALL veterans MUST be treated equally with respect to Dioxin exposure by the US government and Department of Veterans Affairs.

    NOTE: Veterans must also still prove they have a recognized condition, that maybe caused by Dioxin exposure, during or after service to get DVA benefits.

    Any one 18 can sign.

    If an effected vet make sure you add your statement in comment area too!
    Will you sign this petition? Click below to review: <<<< current VA Presumption.pdf
    Pass along to others, post to veteran sites and the link in Facebook and other groups!
    Forward to your DC representatives too!

    Currently many vets are not getting this as many units are not listed, classified and lost records.


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