January Deadline Approaching For Ohio and West Virginia Residents To File C8 Water Contamination Lawsuits Against DuPont Notes Wright & Schulte LLC

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C8 Water Contamination Lawsuits Filed By Ohio and West Virginia Residents Contend Development of Thyroid Disease, Testicular Cancer, And Other Health Conditions After Drinking Water Contaminated By C8 Released From DuPont’s Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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January Deadline For C8 Lawsuit Filing Approaching

The C8 attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC note C8 water contamination lawsuits have already been filed in a West Virginia state court and more are expected to be filed before the end of January 2015. According to Wright & Schulte LLC, January 2015 marks two years since a C8 Science Panel linked illnesses in the community, such as thyroid cancer, testicular cancer and kidney cancer, to exposure to the C8 chemical that was released by DuPont’s Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia. Court records show that more than 2,400 C8 lawsuits have been filed in Wood County Circuit Court in West Virginia and the C8 complaints have been served on DuPont at a rate of 50 cases a week. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)

The firm is representing numerous plaintiffs in the C8 multidistrict litigation pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Attorney Richard W. Schulte, a founding partner with Wright & Schulte LLC, is serving on the plaintiff’s steering committee, after he was appointed by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. Judge Sargus is presiding over the C8 litigation along with District Court Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers. Wright & Schulte LLC continues to offer free C8 lawsuit consultations to individuals who developed a serious illness and fall under the C8 Science Panel Guidelines. For more information on filing a C8 lawsuit or to schedule a free legal consultation with a C8 attorney from Wright & Schulte LLC, call 1-800-399-0795 or visit yourlegalhelp.com.

A C8 Science Panel was created under the settlement terms of a C8 class-action lawsuit filed against DuPont in 2001 on behalf of nearly 70,000 Ohio and West Virginia residents who lived or worked near DuPont’s Washington Works Plant where the C8 was released into the drinking water supply. C8 is the name given to perfluorooctanoic acid, a man-made chemical used in manufacturing such products as non-stick cookware, and protective finishes on carpets and water-resistant clothing. The class-action complaint contended that DuPont’s plant released the C8 chemical into private drinking water wells and in six public drinking water supplies which caused injuries and death to those exposed to the tainted water. (Leach v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.)) As part of the 2005 class-action settlement agreement, the C8 Science Panel would determine whether there were probable links between C8 exposure and diseases in the community. In October 2012, the C8 Science Panel reported that there is a probable link between C8 exposure and the following diseases and conditions:

  • High Cholesterol • Kidney Cancer
  • Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
  • Testicular Cancer • Thyroid Disease • Ulcerative Colitis (inflammatory bowel disease)

[c8sciencepanel.org/c8health.html]
[c8sciencepanel.org/prob_link.html]

The 2005 class-action settlement agreement allows individuals, or their survivors, who lived or worked in one of the six affected water districts in Ohio and West Virginia prior to December 4, 2004, to file a C8 personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if they suffered from a disease or condition which the C8 Science Panel linked to C8 exposure. The six water districts affected by C8 contaminated water are:

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

[c8sciencepanel.org/panel.html]

In addition to Wood County Circuit Court, C8 water contamination lawsuits are also being filed in the federal district court in Southern Ohio where pretrial proceedings are underway for the C8 lawsuit complaints. The federal court’s master list shows that 1,255 C8 lawsuits pending as of November 17, 2014. Judge Sargus has scheduled bellwether trials for two C8 cases. The jury trials are scheduled for September 14, 2015 and November 30, 2015. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
[jpml.uscourts.gov/sites/jpml/files/Pending_MDL_Dockets_By_District-November-17-2014.pdf, November 17, 2014]

About Wright & Schulte LLC Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged, and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free DuPont C8 lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-888-399-0795.

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Wright & Schulte LLC
812 East National Road
Vandalia, Ohio 45377
1-800-399-0795
http://www.yourlegalhelp.com
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