City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - Today, the City of Long Beach, along with twelve governmental entities, announced a proposed nationwide class action settlement with Monsanto Company, Pharmacia, LLC, and Solutia, Inc., for $550 million, resolving national PCB water contamination claims for a proposed class of 2,528 governmental entities.
Legal motions to approve the proposed settlement class have been filed in federal court in the Central District of California, in a case before Judge Fernando M. Olguin. Over a dozen lawsuits have been filed by governmental entities since March 2015 seeking cost recovery for stormwater and environmental contamination caused by chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, which Monsanto manufactured between the 1930s and 1977.
The settling named class plaintiffs leading the nationwide resolution include the City of Long Beach, City of Tacoma, the City of Portland, the Port of Portland, the City of Berkeley, the City of Oakland, the City of San Jose, County of Los Angeles, City of Spokane, City of San Diego, City of Chula Vista, City of Baltimore and County of Baltimore. The cases were collectively litigated for over 5 years and were mediated and resolved through JAMS Mediator Judge (Ret.) Jay Gandhi.
“This settlement is a groundbreaking effort to protect and restore the City’s water resources,” said Long Beach City Attorney Charles Parkin. “This national resolution will provide Long Beach and nearly 2,000 other cities, towns, counties and independent port districts across the country with funds for monitoring, mitigation and remediation efforts to manage PCBs in stormwater, stormwater systems, sediments and water bodies.”
The proposed class action must be approved by Judge Olguin prior to providing payments to the governmental entity class members. The proposed class action will provide all class members with a monetary benefit and will additionally provide funds for those governmental entities that have incurred or will incur significant expenses to protect and remediate America’s waterways.
The City is represented by City Attorney Charles Parkin and Assistant City Attorney Michael J. Mais, and by outside counsel Scott Summy, John Fiske and Carla Burke of Baron & Budd, P.C. and proposed Lead Class Counsel.
About the Office of the City Attorney
The duties of this office are set forth in the City’s Charter, which provides that the City Attorney shall be the sole and exclusive legal advisor of the City, City Council and all City commissions, committees, officers and employees. It is charged with municipal legal responsibilities as complex as any in the state. It furnishes the legal support for a full-service municipal operation, including all City departments. For more information about the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office, please visit us at http://www.longbeach.gov/attorney/.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.
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