No. 5-88-0420.

576 N.E.2d 1146 (1991)

217 Ill. App.3d 188

160 Ill.Dec. 192

Frances E. KEMNER et al., and all other cases consolidated with Cause No. 80-L-970, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. MONSANTO COMPANY, Defendant-Appellant (Bruce D. Ryder, Appellant, and St. Clair County, Illinois, Appellee).

Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District.

July 22, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Coburn, Croft & Putzell, Kenneth R. Heineman, Bruce D. Ryder, Dudley W. Von Holt, St. Louis, Mo., James C. Craven, P.C., Springfield, Coffield, Ungaretti, Harris & Slavin, J. Timothy Eaton, Chicago, for Monsanto Co. and Bruce D. Ryder.

John Baricevic, State's Atty., St. Clair Co., Belleville, for St. Clair Co.

Rex Carr, Carr, Korein, Tillery, Kunin, Montroy, Glass & Bogard, East St. Louis, Jerome W. Seigfried, Seigfreid, Runge, Leonatti & Pohlmeyer, Mexico, Mo., for plaintiffs-appellees, Frances E. Kemner, et al., and all other cases consolidated with Cause No. 80-L-970.

Justice LEWIS delivered the opinion of the court:

This case involves an appeal by Monsanto Company from an adverse verdict in favor of 65 plaintiffs in the circuit court of St. Clair County.

An action was brought in the circuit court of St. Clair County, Illinois, by 65 plaintiffs against five defendants: Monsanto Company ("Monsanto"), Norfolk & Western Railway Company ("Norfolk"), G.A.T.X. Corporation ("GATX"), General American Transportation Corporation...

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