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Imprelis Discussion - it's damage, Dupont's Claim Process, Lawsuits filed, Experience

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Starbuy, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. cindyb

    cindyb LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 354

    If any of the LCO's are reading, how is the Imprelis affecting your customers grass/turf? My yard looks like a wheat field, the neighbors look better than mine and we aren't doing anything different.

    I searched and of course it brings me back to this site. Seems some types of grass are affected? If the roots of weeds and trees takes take up the chemical, why wouldn't the grass? Especially in this heat?

  2. cindyb

    cindyb LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 354

    All I can say is wow. Guess alot has changed.

    Have to wonder if I'll have any grass.
  3. Ubetit

    Ubetit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    My LCO emailed to say that a few of his clients have received offers. He thought they were "fair." I like him and he's been great with my yard the past 3-4 years but I'll be the judge of what's "fair."
  4. Ubetit

    Ubetit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    On another note, i woke up to a lawn that looks like it had snowed last night. Dollar spot fungus all over. Two days of rain and warm nights and now this. I'm ready for the Phoenix, AZ style aggregate rock lawn.
  5. cindyb

    cindyb LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 354

    Thats a good point, I forgot about the summer problems and with the excessive heat there is no telling what is going to happen with the grass. I know my Willow Oaks are dropping branches with dead leaves, not just leaves.

    Least your LCO keeps you informed.
  6. bailter

    bailter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I am in Hudson WI (just outside of the twin cities) and have not gotten my proposal yet.
  7. jconley

    jconley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I have not heard from Dupont yet either. I tried calling and e-mailing and got nowhere other than the same stock answers. Also somewhat frustrating is my LCO has completely stopped communicating as well. I get the impression he feels it is not his problem, though he picked Dupont, not me
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  8. Starbuy

    Starbuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Dr. Bert Cregg from MSU has stated "Landscapers or homeowners that are anxious to re-plant in Imprelis-affected areas should proceed with caution... Remove any existing affected plant materials since the report from the Indiana State ChemistÂ’s office indicates Imprelis in tree tissue is degrading slower than in soil." -http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/tree_damage_from_imprelis_one_year_later/

    So, when anyone including a DuPont rep or your LCO suggests the amount they are compensating for only allows for grinding the stump or does not remove all the roots and surrounding soil, that should be a red flag. Yes, it's more expensive to do the true excavation needed to remove the entire tree and it's roots and replace all that soil (remember that at least 2 feet beyond the tree's roots is also supposed to be removed due to Imprelis residual), but if you think you can plant in that area or next to it you may be losing the new plant too (or it may not grow like it should).

    A red maple, for example, has a root system that is twice the length as the tree is tall.
  9. cindyb

    cindyb LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 354

    July 24th and nada.

    Watching my blackberries vines turn brown and die. One is gone. Still don't have the first tomato.
  10. Starbuy

    Starbuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    No frogs or toads have come near our property since the Imprelis damage. They are a garden's friend. Of course, our normal birds who once took up summer residence had to find other homes too. It's sad when even the animals know there's something wrong with an area and stay away. I hope universities are studying this effect and not just the effect on the plant itself. It certainly seems to be affecting our ecosystem.

    Incidently, have you noticed DuPont has been spreading out the Imprelis financial hits to their earnings reports, but they haven't yet reserved as far as I know (publically to their shareholders) the cost hit from all the lawsuits and settlements outside their direct process and some of the other settlements that have already take place through attorneys. As I mentioned months ago for the sake of some on here who might have stock in DuPont (Stock: DD), watch for further impact. I'm not suggesting selling since I'm not a financial advisor. I realize they've weathered many financial hits from product problems. They have plenty of money. Just glad I don't own any of their stock right now.

    Numbers so far:
    The company took a pretax charge of $265 million in this past quarter related to claims involving the use of its Imprelis.
    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/07/24/3720065/dupont-earnings-fall-on-weak-volumes.html#storylink=cpy

    Charges for Imprelis damage claims impacting DuPont earnings so far:

    Q3 2011...$75 million

    Q4 2011..$100 million

    Q1 2012...$50 million

    Q2 2012..$265 million

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