Nearly $700 Million Settlement Reached by State of Oregon in Monsanto PCB Contamination Lawsuit

Stoll Berne, as Special Assistant Attorney General to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and the Oregon Department of Justice, along with its partners at Seattle’s Keller Rohrback, are pleased to announce the settlement of State of Oregon v Monsanto for the amount of $698,000,000 ($698 Million). The lawsuit and settlement relate to PCB damage caused by Monsanto to Oregon’s waters, fish and wildlife, as detailed in Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s statement below.

Stoll Berne partner Keith Ketterling said, “Oregon’s environment and wildlife are the jewels of this state. Compelling and awesome but requiring constant vigilance to protect what we hold pristine in our state. This is a tremendous outcome, reflecting the hard work of our team, the Oregon DOJ and our partners at Keller Rohrback. Stoll Berne is honored to represent the State of Oregon, and work under the leadership of Attorney General Rosenblum.”

Stoll Berne partner Jen Wagner noted that, “Our firm is proud to have been instrumental in holding Monsanto accountable and securing the largest settlement ever to the State of Oregon for the protection of its waters, fish and wildlife.”

Stoll Berne, who started trial on this case May 23, 2022, was led by attorneys Keith Ketterling, Jen Wagner, Steven Larson, Steven Berman, Lydia Anderson-Dana, Elizabeth Bailey, Emily Johnson, Maddie Holmes, Litigation Director Angel Falconer, and many others at the firm.

The announcement of General Rosenblum can be found here: Attorney General Rosenblum Announces Largest Environmental Damage Recovery in Oregon History.