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Let’s hope atrazine lawsuits go away faster than asbestos

[ 0 ] April 19, 2010 |

From Madison/St. Clair Record:

While the Madison County asbestos meter continues to spin like some kind of hyper-active Las Vegas slot machine, there is a chance another one of the trial lawyer “get richer quicker” schemes from the “A” file may be handed a “get out of our court” card, which is similar to a “get out of jail free” card from Monopoly but much more significant.

Last Wednesday, Madison County Judge Barbara Crowder was scheduled to hear motions to dismiss several lawsuits against manufacturers and a retailer of atrazine, the second most important herbicide in Illinois.

Illinois, if you have forgotten, is a state that depends heavily on corn and other crop production for its economic vitality. Look out the car window in a few weeks and you’ll start to see the miracle of Illinois crops breaking ground. Given the current state of the economy, it’s a shame crops can’t grow year-round, and in highway medians too. And maybe in the chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

There are several aspects of major significance to the proceedings in Madison County…

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