Attorney: Dow is "happy" with judge's opinion on dioxin lawsuit
Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 3:20 PM
The Saginaw News By Lindsay Knake |

MIDLAND — Dow Chemical Co. officials are satisfied with a Saginaw County’s opinion that removes class action status from a lawsuit against the chemical company.

“Obviously, Dow is very happy,” said Attorney Kathleen Lang.

Retired Saginaw County Judge Leopold Borrello reversed his earlier ruling, which in 2005 gave class action status to 150 homeowners who filed a lawsuit against Dow in 2003. The Tittabawassee River residents claimed dioxins and furans historically released by Dow decreased their property values.

In 2009, the Michigan State Supreme Court ordered Borrello to clarify his ruling.

The Midland-based company has always believed the case should not be class action, Lang said. Each plaintiff needs to individually prove dioxin released by Dow has affected them.

“The properties are different. The claims are different,” she said.

Thomas Township resident Carol Chisholm said she was disappointed in the opinion.

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