DuPont C-8 Environmental Lawsuits are Centralized and Move Forward; Cory Watson Attorney Jon Conlin Teams with Attorney Kathy Brown in Representing Plaintiffs

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Federal lawsuits involving DuPont C-8 toxic environmental contamination are centralized in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Ohio.

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Jon C. Conlin

DuPont needs to be held accountable for what we allege are fifty years of misconduct involving the dangerous chemical, C-8 which was used to make Teflon and other products at its Washington Works Plant,

Federal lawsuits that implicate DuPont for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by toxic chemical discharges from its Washington Works plant are being consolidated in federal court in Ohio. The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) has issued an order centralizing all associated personal injury actions into IN RE: E.I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY C-8 PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION, MDL No. 2433. This Order directs that all related federal lawsuits be transferred to the United States District Court Southern District of Ohio and assigned to the Honorable Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.

“ DuPont needs to be held accountable for what we allege are fifty years of misconduct involving the chemical C-8, which was used to make Teflon and other products at its Washington Works Plant,” said attorney Jon Conlin, a partner of law firm Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris. Conlin personally argued for this centralization at the JPML March hearing,and is working with Charleston, West Virginia attorney Kathy Brown in representing C-8 victims and their families. “The JPML’s order will help us and other Plaintiffs’ firms to coordinate our efforts to best represent all of the local residents and families claiming DuPont injured them."

According to the court documents, “All the actions are personal injury or wrongful death actions arising out of plaintiffs’ alleged ingestion of drinking water contaminated with a chemical, C8 (also known as perfluorooctoanoic acid (PFOA) or ammonium perfluorooctanoate (APFO)), discharged from DuPont’s Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.”

The Consolidation and Transfer Order issued by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation states that," All of the plaintiffs in this litigation allege that they suffer or suffered from one or more of six diseases (kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy induced hypertension (including preeclampsia), high cholesterol) identified as linked to C-8 exposure by a neutral and independent study conducted as part of a 2005 settlement between DuPont and a class of approximately 80,000 persons residing in six water districts along the Ohio-West Virginia border. (See Leach v. E.I. Du Pontde Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.)."

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