Kansas City-based Wagstaff & Cartmell filed the class action lawsuit in 2009, including farms in Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, and Andrew counties.  The suit covers those areas from 1983 through the early part of 2009.

The engineering company refused to admit to any wrongdoing. According to a press release issued by attorneys for the plaintiffs, Burns & McDonnell continue ‘to deny it caused harm to any property.’

Previous legal hearings in the case had all found in favour of Prime Tanning (which has subsequently gone into administration) and no link between the tannery, hexavalent chromium and illness to local residents has been legally substantiated.