The first cases to go to trial are being selected now adhering to a fast time schedule that U.S. District Judge Edmund D. Sargus Jr. has set for the C8 cases.
In an Order last week, Judge Sargus notes that ”This Court believes that conducting early trials will further the efficient progress of this litigation. His Order sets forth additional procedures to select 20 cases from which a smaller number will be selected to work up for trials that are currently set for September 14, 2015, and November 30, 2015.
Judge Sargus noted that this smaller set of cases should reflect a representative sampling of cases which will provide meaningful information for all other cases.Attorneys for the Plaintiffs will select cases and attorneys for Dupont will select cases. The Court will then have the final say on which cases will move forward.
Once the cases are selected, they will be deemed “bellwether” cases and full blown litigation work will continue on just those cases.
The cases are to be selected by April 23, 2014.
While this selection process moves us closer to having cases ready for trial, we continue to take calls regarding potential cases, investigate the other claims we have, and get other cases ready for the next round of trials. The criteria for potential cases is as follows, you must have one of the following diseases:
- Thyroid disease
- Testicular cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
- Preclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy)
- High cholesterol
And you must have lived or drank water from one of the following water districts prior to December 1, 2004:
- Little Hocking, Ohio
- Belpre, Ohio
- Village of Pomeroy, Ohio
- Tuppers Plains, Ohio
- Lubeck Public Service District, West Virginia
- Mason County Public Service District, West Virginia
If you have questions you can call me at 304-720-2351 – or you can check back right here for a regular update.