May 25, 2012  |  Today's News

A lawsuit against the most studied crop protectant ever, atrazine, and the farmers that use it, has been settled by the chemical's maker, Syngenta. The lawsuit had been languishing in Federal Court in Madison County, IL, as the plaintiff's attorneys wouldn't give up the fight, despite their lack of evidence to support their claims. Although a settlement may not feel like a "win," farmers will have continued and unhindered on-label access to this effective weed killer.

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The joint press release issued today states:

Syngenta and attorneys for several community water systems have agreed to settle litigation related to the herbicide atrazine in order to end the business uncertainty and expense of protracted legal proceedings.

Syngenta expressly denies any liability and Plaintiffs have acknowledged that they are not aware of any new scientific studies relating to atrazine not already in the public domain.

The proposed settlement agreement which requires court approval was filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on May 24, 2012. Water systems joining the class will be eligible for payments from a $105 million settlement funded by Syngenta. Details of the agreement can be found at