Jury pool picked for W.Va. class-action lawsuit

WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - A jury pool has been chosen for the trial
of a class-action lawsuit that seeks medical monitoring for Nitro
residents near a former chemical plant.

State Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy said Wednesday that a pool of 28 jurors has been picked for the trial in Putnam County Circuit Court.

Bundy says Judge Derek Swope must consider numerous pretrial
motions and has adjourned the trial until at least Feb. 13.

Swope is a Mercer County circuit judge who was appointed by the
Supreme Court to preside over the trial after Putnam County Circuit
Judge O.C. Spaulding stepped aside. Spaulding has been diagnosed
with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The lawsuit alleges Monsanto unsafely dispersed dioxin, exposing
residential properties and streams to unsafe levels of the toxic

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