Notification on Settlement in Herbicide Lawsuit Coming Next Week
Beginning next week, DuPont will begin notifying all plaintiffs who lost their trees to the herbicide Imprelis that a settlement has been reached in the federal class action lawsuit against the major chemical manufacturer.
Starr Austen & Miller LLP filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont in the summer of 2011.
A corporation that owns a number of golf courses in central Indiana informed the law firm that several hundred trees had died as a result of Imprelis being applied to the golf courses.
Plaintiffs across the U.S. also filed lawsuits against DuPont claiming that Imprelis had killed thousands of trees. These cases were consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia.
Last month, the court gave preliminary approval to a fair settlement that had been negotiated with DuPont. Although the chemical manufacturer will begin notifying plaintiffs of a settlement next week, monetary payments won’t be made until September when a final approval hearing will take place.
Two golf courses, Coyote Crossing and Battle Ground Golf Club, lost trees to Imprelis, but settled directly with DuPont . Battle Ground reportedly received nearly $500,000 and Coyote Crossing is still negotiating its settlement.
The amount of money each golf course will receive depends on the size of the trees. Some trees at Coyote Crossing and Battle Ground were worth $10,000. But whether or not the plaintiffs decide to replace the trees, they just want to move on to the next tee.