US court case starts over eyeless babies

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1247

The US chemical giant Dupont, maker of the pesticide benomyl, could face compensation claims from up to 40 British families whose children were born without eyes, depending on the outcome of a court case that started this week in Florida. A jury in Miami is hearing a $13m (£8.6m) lawsuit brought on behalf of 6 year old John Castillo Jr, whose mother was exposed to crop spraying with benomyl …

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