If you believe you or a loved one have been exposed to C8 contaminated drinking water, contact Wright & Schulte LLC for a FREE C8 lawsuit case evaluation at www.yourlegalhelp.com or 1-800-399-0795.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) January 29, 2015
Wright & Schulte LLC reports that the statute of limitations expires this week for filing C8 water contamination lawsuits that allege Ohio and West Virginia residents who lived or worked near DuPont’s Washington Works Plant in the timeline generated by the C8 Science Panel and developed certain diseases as a result of their exposure to C8 contaminated water. The C8 lawsuits allege DuPont’s Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia released C8 into the water and certain illnesses were linked to the contaminated drinking water by the C8 Science Panel.
Wright & Schulte LLC notes there are close to 4,000 C8 water contamination lawsuits currently pending in C8 Litigation with over 1,400 C8 Lawsuits in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Ohio (Case No. 2:14-Cv-1673) and more than 2400 C8 claims in the Wood County Circuit Court of West West Virginia (The MDL title is: In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433).
Medical Conditions Link To C8 Contaminated Drinking Water:
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid disease
- Testicular cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
Mid-Ohio Valley residents who suffered from one or more of these diseases and lived or worked in one of the water districts affected by C8 contamination prior to December 4, 2004 are eligible to file a C8 personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The affected water districts 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
Wright & Schulte LLC is representing numerous plaintiffs in the C8 water contamination lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Attorney Richard W. Schulte, a founding partner with Wright & Schulte LLC, is on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the federal C8 litigation. Mr. Schulte was appointed to the steering committee by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., who is managing the C8 litigation. If you have been diagnosed with one of the six conditions identified by the C8 Science Panel, you are eligible to file a C8 lawsuit. For more information on filing a C8 lawsuit or to schedule a free legal consultation with a C8 attorney from Wright & Schulte LLC, please visit yourlegalhelp.com.
Litigation against DuPont began in 2001 when a class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of nearly 70,000 Ohio and West Virginia residents who live near DuPont's Washington Works Plant in Wood County, West Virginia, where the C8 chemical had been released since the 1950s. C8 is another term for perfluorooctanoic acid, a man-made chemical used in producing such products as non-stick cookware, and protective finishes on carpets and water-resistant clothing. The class-action lawsuit accused DuPont of emitting C8 into public and private drinking water supplies and causing injuries and death to those who consumed the contaminated water. A settlement was reached between DuPont and the plaintiffs in 2005. (Leach v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.))
As part of the class-action settlement, the C8 Science Panel was created as well as a C8 medical monitoring program for the thousands of Mid-Ohio Valley residents who were exposed to the C8 toxic chemical. In September 2014, a medical monitoring program began that provides free medical screening and a blood test for residents to determine whether they have illnesses that the science panel linked to C8 exposure. Under the class-action settlement, DuPont agreed to pay $235 million for the medical monitoring program. A website has been set up at c-8medicalmonitoringprogram.com for class-action members who want to participate in the medical monitoring program.
After the class-action lawsuit was settled, the U.S Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated all federally filed C8 lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. The C8 complaints were filed on behalf of class-action members who allege that they developed at least one of the six medical conditions identified by the C8 Science Panel. The JPML’s multidistrict litigation list shows 1,639 C8 lawsuits are pending in the Southern Ohio federal court as of January 15. According to an order issued in December by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr., the parties involved in the litigation expect that there will likely be around 2,500 C8 lawsuits filed by the end of January. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
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