the EPA issued a Stop Sale and Removal Order for Imprelis, after investigating hundreds of reports of dead, damaged and dying trees
Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 08, 2012
The national consumer protection lawyers at Gilman Law LLP have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of a Minnesota property owner and a class of property owners throughout the United States who sustained damage to multiple trees on his property following application of DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide to his lawn. The Imprelis lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeks class action status on behalf of purchasers and other users of DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide in Minnesota and across the entire U.S. (Case No. 12-4343).
According to the complaint, Imprelis was conditionally registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August 2010, and is the brand name for aminocyclopyrachlor, a selective herbicide intended to kill unwanted broad leaf weeds, including dandelions, clovers, ground ivy and wild violets, without damaging other desirable, non-target vegetation. Imprelis has been advertised, marketed, and sold to lawn-product consumers as being both highly effective and environmentally friendly. However, by May 2011, property owners and lawn care professionals began to notice damage to trees shortly after the application of Imprelis. Symptoms included yellowing, browning, curling, and/or dieback of current-season growth. In the most severe cases, entire trees turned brown and began to loose their needles. On August 4, 2011, the EPA issued a Stop Sale and Removal Order for Imprelis, after investigating hundred of reports of dead, damaged and dying trees in Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Wisconsin, West Virginia and other states, including in the Northeast. Imprelis was registered in all states in the United States except for New York and California. By that time, DuPont had submitted more than 7,000 adverse incident reports to the EPA involving Imprelis. [epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/fifra/dupontimprelis.html]
The complaint alleges that trees can absorb Imprelis through distant, unexposed roots. As such, exposure and damage cannot be prevented by avoiding direct contact between Imprelis and the trunk and/or leaves. Among other things, the complaint points out that the label and instructions for Imprelis omit the facts that trees and other non-target vegetation are susceptible to harm from the herbicide, and that if Imprelis is applied as directed, non-target vegetation will be killed or damaged by Imprelis. The complaint alleges that the Plaintiff and the Class Members have suffered the loss of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of mature trees, including, but not limited to, Norway Spruce, white pine, white spruce, Colorado blue spruce, and other conifer and broadleaf plants. The lawsuit seeks to recover amounts paid for lawn care services, the loss of trees, the injury to trees, and the injury to the aesthetics of Plaintiff’s property as a result of DuPont’s actions and the damage caused by its product Imprelis.
Gilman Law LLP is providing free legal consultations to victims of Imprelis tree damage, including tree farms, farms, residential property owners, tree nurseries and forests, golf courses, composting sites, turf managers and professional landscapers, parks, schools, and college campuses. The firm urges any property owner or business that suffered tree damage following application of Imprelis to seek legal counsel immediately, before they accept any compensation offer from DuPont. Statues of limitations for filing Imprelis lawsuits may soon expire in some states, and could jeopardize Plaintiffs’ ability to recover any compensation from DuPont if they do not act soon. For a free Imprelis lawsuit consultation, please contact the consumer protection lawyers at Gilman Law LLP by visiting Gilmanlawllp.com, or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.
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