Suit was filed in St. Louis Circuit Court alleging that the company failed
to follow federal regulations pertaining to handling hazardous chemicals
in the lab and that the company had failed to warn the mother of the dangers
associated with exposure to phenylacetic acid. The petition alleged that
the company negligently exposed a pregnant mother to phenylacetic acid
vapors generated when the chemical, a known fetotoxin, was heated in an
unventilated oven less than 10 feet away without the mother's knowledge.
The mother was eleven weeks pregnant at the time; her daughter was later
born with severe birth defects. The cost of care for the child was estimated
to be $6 million. Settlement amount $9.5 million.
John G. Simon