An appeals court panel ruled that a jury should decide if exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls -- PCBs -- led to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in three people who were found to have high levels of the chemicals in their blood.
PCBs were manufactured by the original Monsanto company from the early 1930s until the 1970s, and were used in materials from electrical equipment to food packaging to paint. Congress banned their manufacture in 1979.
In 2009, the plaintiffs in the case -- three California residents -- filed a lawsuit alleging a link between PCBs and their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Last year, a St. Louis County Circuit judge ruled that the case be tossed out because a jury would have to rely on "guesswork" in determining the link.
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