A petition for damages recently filed in the Circuit Court of Missouri, St. Louis County, alleges that Doe Run Resources Corporation, one of the world’s largest lead producers, its related entities, and six Doe Run officers and directors released lead and other toxic substances from the company’s metallurgical complex in Peru, injuring numerous children. (Click here to read the petition for damages in Reid, et al. v. Doe Run Resources Corp., et al., Case No. 0822-CC08086 (Mo. Cir. Ct., City of St. Louis Aug. 7, 2008)).
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of nine minor children who live in or around La Oroya, Peru and were allegedly exposed to and injured by toxic substances released from Doe Run’s nearby metallurgical complex. It is alleged that the minor plaintiffs were exposed to damaging levels of lead and other toxic substances and have suffered damages, including physical and psychological injuries, learning and other permanent disabilities, pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, the cost of medical, educational, and rehabilitation expenses, and other expenses including the loss of earnings, income, and earning capacity. The plaintiffs seek both compensatory and punitive damages.
According to the plaintiffs, a group of scientists determined that more than 99 percent of children living in La Oroya have blood lead levels considered dangerous and capable of causing permanent injuries. Plaintiffs assert causes of action as to all defendants for negligence, civil conspiracy, and absolute or strict liability. In addition, the plaintiffs assert a cause of action for contribution, alleging that each defendant bears joint liability with all other defendants for the claims asserted within the complaint.