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Before the 9/11 Victims’ Fund, There Was the Agent Orange Settlement Fund

On November 11, 2021 by Schnader

Albert S. Dandridge, III published an article, “Before the 9/11 Victims’ Fund, There Was the Agent Orange Settlement Fund,” in The Philadelphia Lawyer, the quarterly magazine of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

He wrote: “In 1984, United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of New York, Jack B. Weinstein settled the class action lawsuit brought by Vietnam veterans and their families regarding injuries incurred as a result of the exposure of Vietnam veterans to the chemical herbicides (Agent Orange) used during the Vietnam War. The seven chemical companies who were the manufacturers of Agent Orange settled out-of-court for $180 million dollars, the largest settlement of its kind at that time. Shortly after the settlement, I received a phone call from Judge Weinstein asking me if I would be willing to join other Vietnam veterans in Washington, D.C. to decide on how the proceeds of the settlement were to be distributed. I, of course, said yes.”

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