- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a proposed $10 million Terminix settlement for a Delaware family injured by exposure to a banned pesticide during a Caribbean vacation.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports (https://delonline.us/24Oh4JF) in March, the company admitted to using methyl bromide at 14 locations, including a U.S. Virgin Islands resort, where Stephen Esmond, Theresa Devine and their two teenage sons became sick after exposure to the pesticide in 2015.

In a plea agreement, Terminix and its U.S. Virgin Islands counterpart agreed to pay $8 million in fines, $1 million for a community service project in the U.S. Virgin Islands and $1 million in restitution to the Environmental Protection Agency for response and cleanup costs at the resort.

However, last month, a judge rejected the settlement saying it wasn’t appropriate.


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