Two companies settle in lawsuit involving local manufacturer



A judge has approved the partial settlement of two companies accused of playing a role in allegedly exposing local manufacturing plant workers.
After Philip Berger was issued a judgement of $28 million in damages from his former employer, Emerson Climate Technologies, which he claimed had exposed him to dangerous chemicals that cause lung impairments, three other lawsuits were filed against the company. Three years later, Berger is set to go back to court for a retrial next month, and at least one of the personal injury suits just shed two defendants in a settlement deal.
On Tuesday, Judge Matthew Hamner approved a partial settlement motion in which defendants Rohm and Haas, who are involved in the manufacture of the chemicals, and John P. Jurgiel and Associates, who were hired to assess safety conditions at the Lebanon plant, agreed to pay plaintiff Lynda Moore for the death of her husband Larry Moore. According to the court document, while the companies admit no liability in the situation, they have agreed to pay all medical bills and funeral expenses.

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