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LYMPHOMA FOUNDATION OF AMERICA WINS U.S. SUPREME COURT CASE

The Lymphoma Foundation of America (LFA) is the lead organization representing veterans who developed lymphoma decades after exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War era. A lower court had ruled that a class-action settlement made years ago prevented these veterans from suing the chemical companies and others responsible for their cancer. The Supreme Court's ruling recognizes that cancer can appear many years after a toxic exposure, and allows the veterans to sue for medical care and compensation.

Approximately 20 million gallons of pesticides were sprayed in Vietnam during the war years. About 80% was Agent Orange; the rest was Agent White, Agent Blue, and other pesticides. Agent Orange, named after the color of the drums in which it was stored and transported, was a mixture of herbicides. These included 2,4-D (2,4 -dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, still heavily used on American lawns and in agriculture); 2,4,5-T (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid - now banned in the U.S.); cacodylic acid (dimethyl arsenic acid) and picloram.(4-amino-3,5,6-trichloropicolinic acid). It was later discovered that Agent Orange was heavily contaminated with TCDD (dioxin), a known cancer-causing agent. See LFA's Pesticides Research Report for more information on pesticides and lymphoma.

June 10, 2003

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Lymphoma Foundation of America
Main Office
1100 N. Main Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tel: (734) 222-1100 | Fax: (734) 222-0044

Patient Hotline: 1-800-385-1060
Email: LFA@lymphomahelp.org

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