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Timber! The Fall of Imprelis

January 1, 1970 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

According to the New York Times, DuPont is processing claims totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in relation to the herbicide Imprelis. DuPont had pulled the product after only a few months on the market after reports surfaced that trees were dying shortly after being exposed to the chemical. The EPA has since banned IMPRELIS®.

For those concerned that there may not be enough money to go around, allay your fears. According to Seeking Alpha, DuPont saw a 12% growth in revenue in the 1st quarter of 2012, boosted, ironically, by the strength of its agricultural products, e.g. seeds. Hopefully those farmers did not use IMPRELIS® on their crops. Or maybe they did, I suppose that is one way for DuPont to boost sales.[1]

[1] Technically, IMPRELIS® should not affect crops. Of course, DuPont did not believe it would harm trees either.