A Washington state jury last week ordered chemical giant Bayer to pay $165 million to a group of Sky Valley Education Center employees who alleged they became seriously ill from polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that leaked from light fixtures made by the company, Reuters reported.

A Washington state jury last week ordered chemical giant Bayer to pay $165 million to a group of Sky Valley Education Center employees who alleged they became seriously ill from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that leaked from light fixtures made by the company, Reuters reported.

After nearly two months of trial and two weeks of deliberations, the jury on Nov. 20 found Monsanto spinoff Pharmacia LLC liable for selling PCBs without providing adequate warnings, which resulted in neurological injuries, endocrine disruption and cognitive impairment to the plaintiffs.

Sky Valley is an alternative public school in Monroe, Washington. Plaintiffs included a librarian, a custodian and five teachers. Two of the teachers developed rare cancers.

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