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Merck & Co., Inc.
Abarca, et al. v. Merck (Hexavalent Chromium Contamination)
Date: 06/12/2008 (Date of Complaint)
Misconduct Type: Health
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Disposition: Judgment Against Defendant
Synopsis: Residents of Merced County, California alleged that former Merck unit Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) exposed the population to hexavalent chromium when it ran a wood-treating facility in the area between 1969 and 1994. In March 2011, a federal jury determined that BAC’s operations at the facility resulted in contamination of the air and certain water sources. Later phases of the trial will determine the liability of each defendant and whether plaintiffs are entitled to damages.