Vietnamese seeking compensation from US chemical giants

Representatives of more than 3,000 Vietnamese who say they were poisoned by the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War have returned to court in the US to appeal an earlier ruling that blocked their bid for compensation.

Vietnamese seeking compensation from US chemical giants
Representatives of more than 3,000 Vietnamese who say they were poisoned by the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War have returned to court in the US to appeal an earlier ruling that blocked their bid for compensation.

The hearing in New York coincides with a state visit to the US by Nguyen Minh Triet, the Vietnamese president, who is due to discuss the issue with George Bush when the two meet on Friday.

The Vietnamese claimants have been joined by American victims of Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide sprayed by the US military during the Vietnam War.

They are seeking compensation from more than 35 major US chemical giants for exposure they say caused genetic defects including cancer, deformities and organ dysfunction.

More than 30 companies including Dow Chemical Co and Monsanto Co are listed in the lawsuit.

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