U.S. Virgin Islands) – Virgin Islands Attorney General Denise George announced today, a $3M settlement with the Terminix pest control company. The settlement stems from a 2017 lawsuit the Attorney General’s Office filed against Terminix after a family of four vacationing at the Sirenusa Resort on St. John in March 2015 became seriously ill when the unit below them was fumigated.
The lawsuit alleged that Terminix violated Virgin Islands laws by unsafely and deceptively using methyl bromide in numerous residences across the Virgin Islands. Methyl bromide is a highly toxic pesticide banned for residential use. The lawsuit further alleged that Terminix employees— including the employees who performed the 2015 fumigation at Sirenusa—lacked proper training and basic safety equipment to perform fumigations. Terminix no longer operates in the Virgin Islands.
“It ends a multi-year investigation and litigation against a company that put many Virgin Islands families at risk for great harm and devastated a family vacationing on the island,” said Attorney General George. The Attorney General’s action against Terminix and the resulting settlement is separate from the charges the United States Government brought against Terminix and the resulting plea agreement relating to the 2015 poisoning incident at Sirenusa.
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