1 suit dropped in Ohio’s child cancer cluster case

CLYDE, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers in Ohio have dropped one of two lawsuits against Whirlpool Corp. related to a child cancer cluster in northern Ohio.

Attorneys on Friday wouldn’t say why they dropped the $750 million class action lawsuit.

The News-Messenger in Fremont reports an attorney says the suit could be refiled.

The lawsuit attempted to link Benton Harbor, Mich.-based Whirlpool and others to the cancer cluster that has sickened dozens near the city of Clyde since the mid-1990s.

Whirlpool has a washing machine factory in Clyde. The company has said it will vigorously defend itself against allegations that it was responsible for the illnesses.

A message seeking comment was left with Whirlpool Friday.

A second suit against Whirlpool filed in May by families of the children is continuing in federal court.

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