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C8 Lawsuit Update: More Lawsuits Filed in Federal MDL 2433 Against DuPont for C8 Water Contamination

Nine more people in Ohio and West Virginia have filed federal lawsuits against DuPont this month. Since last April, roughly 50 cases have been filed in federal court, including one wrongful death case. These lawsuits have been consolidated in the federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) entitled In Re: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation (MDL 2433). The MDL is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio before The Honorable Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

The lawsuits allege that the chemical manufacturer DuPont knowingly contaminated drinking water supplies with the chemical C8 (ammonium perfluorooctanoate), which was used to manufacture Teflon at the company’s Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg. The manufacturing process released significant amounts of C8 into the surrounding air, water, and landfills. The company claims the plaintiffs are ignoring family history, lifestyle choices, and other causes of health issues.

In October 2012, a panel of doctors reported several probable links between C8 exposure and certain serious health conditions, including testicular and kidney cancer, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. The findings stemmed from a series of studies, which examined over 70,000 area residents. Most recently, DuPont settled with the Environmental Protection Agency, agreeing to pay $800,000.00 to settle EPA allegations of Clean Air Act violations. The enforcement action is part of EPA’s national initiative to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants by enforcing leak detection and repair regulations.

According to court documents, C8 lawsuits pending in MDL 2433 allege that DuPont has known for several decades that worker exposure to C8 contaminated drinking water poses various health risks and that its Washington Works facility was discharging C8 into the Ohio River and local landfills. Plaintiffs allege that DuPont had information that it could reduce its C8 discharge substantially by using a carbon absorption treatment system.

Area residents may be entitled to file a C-8 federal lawsuit if they or their loved ones have suffered an illness linked to C8 exposure, including:

  • kidney cancer;
  • testicular cancer;
  • thyroid disease;
  • diagnosed high cholesterol; or
  • preclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy).

These individuals must have also lived in one of these six contaminated water districts prior to December 3, 2004:

  • Little Hocking, Ohio;
  • Belpre, Ohio;
  • Village of Pomeroy, Ohio;
  • Tuppers Plains, Ohio;
  • Lubeck Public Service District, West Virginia; and
  • Mason County Public Service District, West Virginia

The attorneys  at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, LLP are experienced in litigating dangerous toxic exposure cases and are leaders in national multidistrict litigations. Partner Roger C. Denton has been appointed by Judge Sargus to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the federal C8 Multidistrict Litigation. If you or someone you love has lived in one of the six contaminated water districts prior to December 3, 2004 and suffered an illness linked to C8 exposure, please contact the experienced attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton toll-free at 1-800-873-5297 for a free and confidential consultation.


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