Monsanto Settlement Upheld by Judge

The state Supreme Court has upheld a judge's approval of Monsanto's massive settlement with thousands of West Virginia residents. In a 4-1 decision Friday, the court affirmed a January ruling approving the class-action settlement of a lawsuit alleging that the Nitro community was contaminated with dioxin from the former Monsanto chemical plant. The plaintiffs said Monsanto polluted their community by burning waste from production of the defoliant Agent Orange. Under the $93 million settlement, thousands of Nitro-area residents will be eligible for medical monitoring and property cleanups.