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Tree Deaths Prompt Lawsuit Against Herbicide Producer

An Indiana law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against the maker of a controversial herbicide. The lawsuit alleges that Imprelis, a chemical herbicide made by Dupont, is killing blue spruce and white pine trees. Mario Massillamany with the law firm Starr, Austen & Miller said they‘re alleging Dupont failed to disclose the risk of Imprelis to trees even when applied as directed and failed to provide instructions for the safe application of the product.

“There are thousands and thousands of complaints just in the state of Indiana alone,” said Massillamany. “As we’re doing further investigation, people from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania are complaining about their spruce and pine trees being killed.

Mark Thompson, Golf Operations Director at R.N. Thompson and Associates which owns several golf courses around Indiana, said the trees are dying a slow death.

“Its just a process,” sad Thompson. “It takes maybe a complete month to kill the whole tree but you can see them now we’re starting to even notice more trees. They’re just in different stages.”

The lawsuit is seeking compensation in the form of removal of the affected trees, treatment for grounds still saturated with Imprelis, and other damages incurred from the destruction of trees at businesses and homes.

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