CITY, N.Y., April 2 (AP) — Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
of New York said today that he intended to sue a leading pesticides
manufacturer, contending it violated a 1994 agreement against falsely
advertising a product.
a speech on children's health issues at Adelphi University, Mr.
Spitzer said his office had notified Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary
of the Dow Chemical Company, that it intended to sue over suspected
violations of an agreement governing the advertising of the pesticide
spokesman for Dow Agro- Sciences, which is based in Indianapolis,
said the company would mount a "vigorous defense" against
Mr. Spitzer's "meritless allegations."
Spitzer contended that a 1994 pact called for the company to stop
contending that Dursban was safe. Since then, according to the attorney
general, the company has continued to say it is safe.
must not be lulled into a false sense of security by misleading
safety claims," he said. "They should be urged to use
pesticides only with the utmost caution."
company was sent a letter today, giving it five days' notice of
the intent to sue. The lawsuit, which is expected to be filed next
week in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, seeks a court
order directing the company to halt the advertising, said a spokesman
for Mr. Spitzer, Marc Violette.
lawsuit also calls for monetary penalties.
once a common household pesticide, is still used in agricultural
products. It contains chlorpyrifos, a synthetic compound linked
to severe health problems in humans, including nerve damage, asthma
and birth defects, Mr. Violette said.