Nine more C8 lawsuits involving Ohio and West Virginia residents have recently been filed against DuPont under MDL2433. These cases allege the Mid Ohio Valley residents developed cancer and other diseases due to their exposure to C8 tainted drinking water. These nine lawsuits against DuPont join the more than 50 C8 lawsuits currently pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, The first of these suits were filed in October of 2012 by Kathy Brown Law in partnership with Cory, Watson, Crowder and DeGarisout of Birmingham, Alabama. The lawsuits contend that DuPont knowingly contaminated drinking water with C8, a chemical used in it’s Parkersburg, W. Virginia plant. The latest nine lawsuits were filed as part of DuPont C8 lawsuit litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.
A federal multidistrict litigation has been established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, for all personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed in accordance with the terms of the C8 class action lawsuit settlement. As we have told you, trials in the litigation are expected to begin in the fall of 2015. And we continue to see positive action by the court in moving these cases smartly through a complicated legal system.
Kathy Brown Law, PLLC has already filed C8 lawsuits on behalf of dozens of Mid-Ohio Valley residents allegedly sickened by drinking water contaminated with C8. The Firm continues to offer free C8 lawsuit evaluations to anyone interested in filing an individual personal injury or wrongful death claim against DuPont. To learn more about C8 lawsuits, please call 1-304-720-2351.
C8, a chemical used to make Teflon, was manufactured at the DuPont Washington Works facility in Parkersburg, Virginia. In 2005, DuPont reached a settlement in a C8 class action lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of 70,000 people who lived and worked in the vicinity of the DuPont Washington Works plant. Following the C8 Class Action lawsuit, the Wood County Circuit Court appointed the C8 Science Panel to investigate the amount of C8 exposure and possible health links. The C8 Science Panel looked at a number of studies, including one that involved 32,000 people who were interviewed between 2009 and 2011. Using records of past emissions from the DuPont plant and the residential history of study subjects, the Panel estimated the level of C8 in the blood of the subjects over time before cancer occurred. The panel found as C8 levels increased, the rate of kidney cancer was 20 to 60 percent higher compared to those with the lowest level of exposure.
In addition to kidney cancer, the C8 Science Panel concluded in October 2012 that there were probable links between exposure to C8 contaminated drinking water and several other illnesses, including:
- Thyroid disease
- Testicular cancer
- Inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)
- Preclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy)
- High cholesterol
Under the C8 class action lawsuit settlement, residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley who were exposed to C8 contaminated water associated with the Washington Works plant are entitled to file an individual personal injury lawsuit if they developed any ailment deemed a probable linked disease by the C8 Panel. To do so, potential plaintiffs must have lived or worked in one of six water districts included in the settlement 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
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