Chemical Lawfare: The Frontline against Pollution
Journalist Carey Gillam’s investigative reporting about Bayer/Monsanto, and Attorney Rob Bilott’s litigation work against DuPont have exposed and helped mitigate massive pollution and poisoning by the chemical giants.
Monsanto owner Bayer has agreed to pay at least $11 billion to settle claims that its Roundup products cause cancer, after evidence of the company’s efforts to manipulate science were
exposed by Gillam and lawyers representing thousands of cancer victims. The FPA welcomes you to hear their stories – and the obstacles they overcame to get them out.
Bilott’s efforts to prove the toxic pollution and diseases caused by Teflon maker DuPont inspired a movie, and a documentary, and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and compensation to victims. Bilott’s book exposes the outright collusion by regulatory authorities as the company continued pumping its toxic and persistent per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) “Forever Chemicals” into the world.
But in both cases the victories are marred by the huge casualty rate among victims of these silent killers that the companies continued to make and market even after they knew their toxic effects.
Both companies have deployed extensive resources to silence people such as Gillam and Bilott and others, including press members, who dare to shine a light on wrongdoing.
When the FPA refused Bayer’s attempts at undue influence, the company funded a rival “Club of the Association of Foreign Press Correspondents,” whose President Thanos Dimadis, expelled from the FPA, had the chutzpah to question Gillam’s professional credentials! Unabashed, Gillam’s latest piece in the Guardian continues her good work!