The Mercury

Woman loses Agent Orange damages case


ÉVRY: A French court yesterday dismissed a case by an elderly French-Vietnamese woman against several agrochemic­al companies, including Monsanto and Dow Chemical, over the use by the US military of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The court ruled that it did not have the jurisdicti­on to judge a case involving the wartime actions of the US government.

Tran To Nga, 79, accused the chemicals firms of causing harm to her, others and the environmen­t by selling Agent Orange to the US government. The court backed the companies’ contention that they were acting “on the orders” of the US government, which was engaged in a “sovereign act”.

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