CLYDE, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers in Ohio have filed a $750 million class action lawsuit against Whirlpool Corp. that’s related to a child cancer cluster between Toledo and Cleveland.
The lawsuit filed Thursday attempts to link Whirlpool and others to the cancer cluster, though the children’s families aren’t involved.
The U.S. EPA has said high levels of a chemical believed to increase the risk of certain cancers were found in soil samples from a former park Whirlpool once owned near the town of Clyde. Whirlpool has a washing machine factory in Clyde.
The findings didn’t link the contaminants with the cancer cluster.
Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool hasn’t been directly connected to the chemical found in the tests. A statement from the company says it also wants to figure out the facts behind the issue.