Families In Ohio Cancer Cluster Suing Whirlpool

A group of Ohio families is suing Whirlpool Corp., of Michigan for allegedly created chemical compounds that caused Ohio children to become ill with cancer.
A group of Ohio families is suing Whirlpool Corp., of Michigan for allegedly created chemical compounds that caused Ohio children to become ill with cancer.

Families whose children have been among dozens sickened in an Ohio cancer cluster are hoping they have pinpointed a cause for the illnesses.

More than two dozen family members say in a federal lawsuit filed in Toledo that testing in the attics of homes around the northern Ohio city of Clyde found a chemical compound that is suspected of causing cancer.

The families say in the civil lawsuit that the compound came from a Whirlpool Corp. plant that is within a rural area where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.

The suit is seeking damages from Whirlpool.

Michigan-based Whirlpool says in a statement that it will vigorously defend itself against the allegations.

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