Illinois water systems to benefit from Syngenta lawsuit

1:05 PM, May 25, 2012   |    comments
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(AP) -- An attorney suing a Swiss chemicals maker over one of its popular herbicides says a proposed $105 million settlement could benefit water systems in Illinois and dozens of other states.

The proposed deal involving Syngenta announced today must be approved by a federal judge in southern Illinois. That's where community water systems from at least a half-dozen states have sought to have the company reimburse them for filtering weed-killing atrazine from their supplies.

The plaintiffs' lead attorney, Stephen Tillery, says the tentative settlement would provide reimbursements for more nearly 2,000 community water systems that more than 52 million Americans in at least 45 states.

Syngenta says it agreed to settle the matter "to end the business uncertainty" and avoid further legal costs. The company denies any liability.

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