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Law Offices of Thomas J. Lamb, P.A.       (800) 426-9535

We are NOT accepting any Agent Orange cases
due to the March 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling

(click link, above, to learn more about current situation)

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Agent Orange Information: What Is Agent Orange?

Agent Orange is a defoliant herbicide mixture used during the Vietnam War to destroy forests in Vietnam. The United States sprayed 20 million gallons of Agent Orange over forests in Vietnam, and as a result, members of the armed forces were exposed to it. Agent Orange, so-called from the orange color of its storage drums, is a 50:50 mixture of the butyl esters of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. It is probable that damage to humans would be due to the highly toxic impurity 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, often simply called dioxin, present in Agent Orange.

Agent Orange Chemical Companies Shielded from Lawsuits
The U.S. Supreme Court on March 2, 2009 declined to hear any appeal of the federal appellate court rulings against the Vietnam veterans in the Issacson and Stephenson test cases. The Supreme Court justices offered no comment on their action.


Veterans Will Not Be Able To Sue Chemical Companies
On February 22, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York issued opinions affirming a dismissal of the Isaacson and Stevenson cases, as well as other civil cases brought by veterans and their relatives over the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.


Agent Orange Compensation and Litigation
The present legal situation is that any newly-filed Agent Orange case would likely end up in the federal court system and eventually make its way to Judge Weinstein's courtroom as part of the federal court case entitled In re "Agent Orange" Products Liability Litigation, which is also known as Multi-district Litigation (MDL) No. 381. An appeal was filed in 2005 on behalf of the veterans and oral arguments were heard in June 2007 in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Judge Weinstein's Military Contractors Doctrine ruling in favor of the chemical companies.


Court Decision Allows Vietnam Vets to Sue Manufacturers
In 1984, Agent Orange manufacturers Dow Chemical, Monsanto (now Solutia), Diamond Shamrock, Hercules, Uniroyal, and and others agreed to a class action settlement of $180 million to be paid to Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war, and funds were distributed between 1988 and 1996. A recent US Supreme Court decision allows Vietnam Vets diagnosed on or after January 1, 1995 to sue manufacturers.


Agent Orange Background
About 3 million Americans served in the armed forces in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The mission, known as Operation Ranch Hand, involved spraying 20 million gallons of Agent Orange over roughly 3.6 million acres of Vietnamese land to remove forest cover, destroy crops, and clear vegetation from US bases.


Agent Orange Cancers and Diseases
Agent Orange has been linked to cancers and other diseases in several epidemiological studies. The Agent Orange cancers and diseases include prostate cancer, respiratory cancers, (lung, trachea/bronchus, larynx), soft-tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin disease, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and multiple myeloma.
 
 

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We are NOT accepting any Agent Orange cases
due to the March 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling

(click link, above, to learn more about current situation)

________________________________________________________

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________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

We are NOT accepting any Agent Orange cases
due to the March 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling

(click link, above, to learn more about current situation)

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

 

Department of Veterans Affairs Agent Orange Website
The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a comprehensive program to respond to Agent Orange related medical problems and concerns. Elements of the program include healthcare services, disability compensation for veterans with service-connected illnesses, scientific research, and outreach including education.


Law Offices of Thomas J. Lamb, P.A.
1908 Eastwood Road, Suite 225
• Wilmington, NC 28403 •
Tel: (800) 426-9535 • Fax: (910) 256-2972
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