ST. LOUIS — A man is suing a biopharmaceutical company and chemical producer, citing alleged negligence in toxic waste disposal, which resulted in fatal injuries.

Michael Parmeter filed a complaint July 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against Malinckrodt LLC and Cotter Corp., alleging the defendants violated the Atomic Energy Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that between 1987 and 2010, he lived with his grandparents at Bellefontaine Neighbors and Hazelwood near Coldwater Creek. He claims he was exposed to radiation when he engaged in frequent outdoor recreational activities in and around Coldwater Creek. He was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in November 2016. 

The plaintiff holds Malinckrodt and Cotter responsible because the defendants allegedly failed their duty to prevent the discharge or release of radioactive, toxic and hazardous substances that can harm the community; failed to warn or notify the residents of the potential hazards of exposure to dangerous substances; and failed to comply with applicable state, federal and local government laws, regulations and guidelines applicable to those processing, handling, storing or disposing of toxic waste materials.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for general, special, punitive and exemplary damages, prejudgment interest, costs and further relief as the court deems proper. He is represented by Gary K. Burger of Burger Law in St. Louis.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri case number 4:17-cv-01938-PLC

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