Hagens Berman and Berman Law Group File Amended Class-Action Complaint on Behalf of Florida Residents Over Toxic Sugarcane Burning

June 23, 2020 09:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Florida residents today filed an amended class-action lawsuit, alleging that Defendants, major sugarcane growers in southern Florida, continue to burn vast acreages of sugarcane, knowingly inundating residents of Belle Glade, Canal Point, Clewiston, Indiantown, Moore Haven, Pahokee, and South Bay, i.e., the “Hazard Zone,” with toxic smoke and blanketing their homes and cars with soot and cane residue, according to Hagens Berman and Berman Law Group.

The second amended complaint, filed on June 22, 2020, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, claims that in Palm Beach County alone, Defendants burned approximately 3.2 million acres of sugarcane field over the course of over 80,000 individual burn events between 2009 and 2019. The lawsuit alleges that the smoke from the millions of acres of burning sugarcane exposes residents to a wide range of pollutants, including particulate matter, dioxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, ammonia, elemental carbon and organic carbon.

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