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”.