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An IBM plant is being sued by its previous neighbors in New York because they claim IBM released chemicals into the air, ground and water for almost 80 years. The residents claim that these chemicals caused birth defects and cancer.

Some 90 residents of the upstate New York towns of Endicott and Union say that from 1924 to 2002, IBM dumped chemicals including trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene near the Endicott plant where the computer giant was born.

The residents are seeking unspecified damages. This lawsuit seems to be the first of many against IBM; nearly 1,000 people are claiming that they were adversely effected by the chemicals that were produced from the IBM plant.

IBM was started at Endicott, but the company sold the plant in 2002.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Toxic Substances.

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