No, it’s not a James Bond character or the antagonist in a bad spy novel.
Agent Orange was a defoliant used extensively in the Vietnam War that contained chemicals called hexachlorolbenzene (HCB) and dioxins. Underbrush was destroyed to avoid enemy combatants from hiding in it, but American servicemen were frequently exposed to it as well.
Medical research subsequently concluded that Agent Orange could cause a wide range of health-related conditions, including:
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Soft-tissue sarcoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Hodgkin’s disease
Previous American Suit
American veterans established their own class-action suit. In 1984, a $180 million compensation fund was established for class members.
But veterans in the U.S. still experience challenges in obtaining medical coverage for their conditions.
New Canadian Suit
The case was certified by the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador yesterday.