39 veterans v. Monsanto and Dow Chemicals

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South Korea, Seoul

Monsanto, Dow Chemical
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Civil court
Herbicide, Agent orange
Repairing the damage suffered by veterans as a result of exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War
Supreme Court of Seoul, South Korea
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July 12, 2013
Partially Positive
The Supreme Court considered the epidemiological correlation between this herbicide and the skin diseases developed by these former soldiers who fought alongside the Americans against the Vietcong to be proven. It ordered Monsanto and Dow Chemicals, producers of "Agent Orange", to pay them a total of 466 million won (around 315,000 euros) in compensation.
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On July 12, 2013, the South Korean Supreme Court ordered the US companies Monsanto and Dow Chemicals, which manufactured and distributed Agent Orange, a powerful defoliant used by the US army during the Vietnam War, to pay compensation for the damage suffered by 39 veterans who developed skin diseases.

In 2002, the Seoul Central District Court, seized in 1999 by 16,000 South Korean veterans claiming compensation of 3.4 billion euros for the health consequences of exposure to this product, rejected the claim. On appeal, the Seoul District Court recognized the toxicity of Agent Orange and ordered the two companies to compensate more than 6,000 South Korean veterans for a total of $61 million.

In its 2013 ruling, the Korean courts finally ordered Monsanto and Dow Chemicals to compensate 39 veterans to the total tune of 315,000 euros. Only the epidemiological correlation between Agent Orange and the skin diseases developed by these former soldiers was thus upheld for the first time in South Korea.