The first of 33 McCullom Lake liability lawsuits was thrown out by a Philadelphia judge in 2010. A Pennsylvania appellate court now wants the lower court to prove the judge made the right choice. The Superior Court may be prepared to reinstitute the owner negligence lawsuit.
McCullom Lake is an Illinois community where neighbors allege toxic chemicals from a Pennsylvania-owned company leaked into the neighbors' wells and air. A disproportionately large number of residents developed pituitary and brain cancer. Plaintiffs argued defendant Rohm and Haas created hazardous conditions that led to the diseases and death.