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Migrant Workers Settle Crop-Dusting Suit For $20,000

February 12, 1987

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ Five migrant farm workers who said they were sprayed by pesticide while working in a field have agreed to a $20,000 settlement with a crop-dusting operation.

Rajshekar Muruliah, head of Byron Ag Aviation in Byron Township, agreed to pay the money to be shared by Maria and Eloy Martinez and Letticia, Anabella and Alicia Amara, according to an agreement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

In a lawsuit filed last year, the workers said they were planting celery on a farm near Jenison in June 1985 when they came in contact with pesticide being sprayed from a helicopter flown by Maruliah.

The lawsuit alleged the helicopter sprayed them again less than a half-hour later, and contended the workers were visible to the pilot.

The lawsuit said the workers felt dizzy, nauseous and suffered breathing problems and headaches.

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