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In 1984, Maude DeVictor was dismissed from the V.A. in a labor dispute. In the summer of 1978, a Vietnam veteran, Paul Reutershan, initiated the first individual Agent Orange lawsuit, which grew into a series of class action lawsuits against the chemical companies. - In the consolidated case, Federal Judge Jack B. Weinstein stated that, as of 1984, scientific research had not been able to prove that Agent Orange exposure caused the veterans' disabilities, adding, however, that "Many lives have ...