Toxic Tort


Boeing Co. has agreed to pay $30 million to settle a lawsuit brought by neighbors of its Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County, ending an eight-year legal battle over the effect on public health from radioactive and chemical contamination at the lab. Terms of the settlement were reached in September but were not immediately disclosed. They included a confidentiality agreement between Boeing and the remaining 133 plaintiffs in the case.


In 2005, the firm settled a long-standing dispute against Boeing regarding toxic air contamination in neighborhoods adjacent to Boeing facilities near Simi Valley and in the San Fernando Valley — both suburbs of Los Angeles. The 8 1/2-year case involved 59 personal injury claims and 117 wrongful death claims by the family members of 37 deceased individuals. The illnesses suffered included numerous forms of cancer, including bladder, brain, kidney, pancreatic, spinal cord, thyroid, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma.