Metro Lawn Service Involved in Dupont Lawsuit

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MISSION HILLS, Kan. — Ryan Lawn and Tree is the sole defendant in a lawsuit filed in May. Mission Hills resident Bill Fromm is asking for at least $50,000 to cover the loss of more than 75 trees and shrubs on his property.

There is a long list of people and landscape companies suing the maker of a once highly touted herbicide. The Environmental Protection Agency pulled the weed killer Imprelis in August of 2011, but the damage had already been done.

The number of people who use Ryan Lawn and Tree Services went down after the filing of the lawsuit. Mission Hills resident Bill Fromm lost almost two dozen mature trees. They were all at least 15 feet tall. The reason listed in the lawsuit for the loss of the trees is the herbicide Imprelis.

Dupont sold and marketed the product in early, 2011. Dozens of landscape companies across the nation used the product to control weeds. According to many lawsuits, there was a problem. It began to affect trees and shrubs. In a letter to homeowners on Aug. 9, 2011, the president of Ryan Lawn and Tree addresses the problem and gives an estimate of the damage. The letter also updates customers on Dupont’s lack of action in solving the problem at the time.

In Bill Fromm’s case, the letter wasn’t satisfactory and Ryan Lawn and Tree is the defendant. A call to the company led FOX 4 to their attorney. There has been no comment so far. Among the lawsuits filed against Dupont, many are lawn and landscape companies, but it’s unknown if Ryan is part of that group.

If Imprelis was used on your lawn in 2011 and you’re wondering when or if you can replant click here.

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