Merck’s Merced Chromium 6 Water-Table Contamination Trial Wrapping Up Today Or Tomorrow

Per the Sacramento Bee’s reporting, this morning — closing arguments are underway, in a federal court, in the Eastern District of California (my prior backgrounder, on this issue, is here):

. . . .Closing arguments are set for Tuesday morning in a trial involving a former subsidiary of the pharmaceutical giant Merck accused of polluting groundwater, air and soil in a Merced subdivision for years.

About 2,000 residents of the subdivision claim the now-shuttered plant leaked hexavalent chromium, the cancer-causing chemical made famous in the movie “Erin Brockovich.

The plant used the chemicals to pressure-treat wood from 1969 to 1991. . . .

We will post any jury finding of liability/exonerating verdict here, as soon as it is available — but that could possibly come before Friday, now.


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