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Herbicide At Center Of Legal Wrangle

DETROIT, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A motion to force DuPont to notify U.S. property owners how to preserve evidence of tree damage from a banned herbicide will be argued Sept. 20, a judge ruled.

The chemical company stopped selling the herbicide Imprelis in August after acknowledging it caused certain species of trees to curl and brown and in many cases die, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

In a letter DuPont sent to lawn care professionals and golf course superintendents Friday, the company said it had established partnerships with several tree companies contracted to help customers with tree removal and disposal procedures.

Several law firms representing plaintiffs in six combined cases filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Aug. 22 in U.S. District Court in Delaware.

The attorneys said in the motion that “evidence that may be necessary to prove which trees it injured and killed, and the amount of damages that resulted, is dissipating with each passing day and may be unwittingly destroyed as trees are replaced.”

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