National Organization Supporting Justice for Vietnam’s Agent Orange Victims Vows to Pursue Claims Against Chemical Manufacturers Despite Judge Weinstein’s Decision

Press Statement

The Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign condemns Judge Jack Weinstein’s decision to grant the motion of the chemical companies to dismiss the lawsuit of Vietnamese Agent Orange victims. The judge’s decision denies more than three million people who suffer from the horrific effects of Agent Orange legal redress for their injuries.

We believe that U.S. and international law provides Vietnamese Agent Orange victims the right to prove their case against those who have profited so handsomely from the manufacture of this poison.

We will continue to support the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in their appeal of this decision to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice dictates that the appellate court give these Agent Orange victims their day in court. We also call upon our government to meet its legal and moral responsibility to compensate these victims of Agent Orange.

The U.S. government used Agent Orange, from 1962 to 1971, as part of its war in Vietnam. Agent Orange contains dioxin, one of the deadliest substances known, and continues to cause death and sickness to millions of Vietnamese and to many U.S. veterans of the Vietnam war. Now even more than thirty years after the war, Agent Orange remains in the land and water of Vietnam, causing horrific birth defects in several generations of children.

The Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign is a national coalition of veterans, Vietnamese-Americans and other community leaders. The Campaign will continue until justice for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims is achieved by winning significant U.S. government and corporate compensation.