Families whose children have been among dozens sickened in a northern Ohio cancer cluster have dropped their federal lawsuit against Michigan-based Whirlpool.
The families asked this past week to drop the suit linking Whirlpool's washing machine factory in Clyde to the cancer cases. An attorney involved in the case says the owners of contaminated land once owned by Whirlpool plan to continue with their part of the lawsuit. Whirlpool has maintained from the beginning the allegations aren't based on scientific or medical fact. The company says it's pleased the suit is being dropped. The lawsuit filed by the families in 2013 said that a suspected cancer-causing chemical came from the factory near where 35 children have been diagnosed with cancer and three have died since the mid-1990s.