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California Chlorpyrifos Lawsuits Seek Remediation, Damages (1)

July 12, 2021, 10:52 PMUpdated: July 13, 2021, 9:52 PM

Four California families on Monday sued Corteva, Inc., Dow Chemical, pesticide applicators, farms, and a winery, alleging that the use of chlorpyrifos caused birth defects, developmental issues, and other ill health effects in their children.

The cases, filed in superior courts in four Central Valley counties, mirror lawsuits from October linking the pesticide and its analog to autism, attention deficit disorder, and behavioral issues caused by exposure in agricultural fields and at home.

The latest cases also document a chlorpyrifos breakdown compound—known as 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridino or TCPy— found in dust and urine samples above what would normally be expected.

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