Judge allows Sterigenics lawsuits to be consolidated into groups of 10

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Cook County decide dominated Friday that a whole bunch of remaining lawsuits in opposition to Sterigenics will be tried in groups, in hopes of getting these circumstances to trial sooner.

Attorneys for greater than 700 persons are suing the medical sterilization company, accusing Sterigenics of inflicting most cancers within the surrounding neighborhood by releasing unsafe ranges of the carcinogen ethylene oxide into the air.

“The many plaintiffs who have alleged to have contracted cancer or miscarriages as a result of living near the Willowbrook facility, now have a procedure that puts them closer to the end of this litigation, which is good for everyone,” stated legal professional Patrick Salvi.


Judge allows Sterigenics lawsuits to be consolidated into groups of 10


Sue Kamuda, of Willowbrook, was awarded $363 million in damages final month after a jury decided emissions from the now-shuttered Sterigenics plant precipitated her breast most cancers.

After the choice in Kamuda’s case got here down final month, her lawyer stated ruling in her favor was a step in the precise route and will set the tone for future circumstances. Sterigenics stated it could problem that authentic resolution by way of all applicable course of, together with appeals. 

Kamuda’s lawsuit was the primary of greater than 700 in opposition to Sterigenics to go to trial, and attorneys representing the remaining plaintiffs hope consolidating the remaining circumstances into groups of 10 will assist them get justice sooner.

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