First C8 Lawsuit Trial For Complaints people in Ohio and West Virginia Developed Kidney Cancer, Testicular Cancer And Other Health Disorders Due To Their Exposure To C8 Released From DuPont’s Washington Works Plant In Parkersburg, West Virginia.
The C8 lawsuit trial continues this week after the federal judge ruled punitive damages are possible for an Ohio woman who claims she developed kidney cancer after consuming C8 tainted drinking water. There are currently over 3,400 C8 lawsuits pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio alleging people developed thyroid disease, kidney cancer, testicular cancer and other health disorders after the chemical C8 was released into the Ohio River From DuPont’s Washington Works Plant In Parkersburg, West Virginia.
U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus Jr, who is overseeing the C8 lawsuit trial, denied DuPont’s motion to prohibit punitive damages from being awarded because there was not enough evidence presented at trial to support the plaintiff’s claims, the Associated Press reported. Judge Sargus ruled last week that a “reasonable jury” could have enough evidence to find in favor of the plaintiff and said the testimony of Dr. Michael Siegel, an epidemiologist, supported the plaintiff’s claims, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel reported. Dr. Siegel testified that DuPont knew as early as 1984 that the C8 chemical released from its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, was being dumped into the Ohio River but failed to inform the public. The 59-year-old plaintiff from Guysville, Ohio, testified that she did not associate C8 with her kidney cancer until 2012, when a C8 Science Panel found probable links to the toxic chemical and six health conditions, including kidney cancer. Closing arguments are expected to begin on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.
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“Punitive damages go beyond damages that compensate plaintiffs for their injuries. Punitive damages are awarded as a way of punishing the defendant,” explains Richard Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC, who is also serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the C8 lawsuit litigation. Wright & Schulte LLC is representing numerous plaintiffs in C8 lawsuit claims and has been closely monitoring this C8 trial.
According to court documents, C8, also known as “perfluorooctanoic acid,” is a man-made chemical used to make Teflon products, protective finishes on carpets and water resistant clothing. A class-action lawsuit was filed against DuPont in 2001 on behalf of nearly 70,000 Ohio and West Virginia residents who lived or worked near the Washington Works Plant which released C8 into the local drinking water supply. (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, a C8 Science Panel was formed to determine whether there were probable links between C8 exposure and particular diseases in the community. The panel, consisting of three epidemiologists, found in 2012 probable links between C8 and the following six health disorders:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- High cholesterol
- Pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
As a result of the C8 Panel’s findings, the class-action settlement allowed individuals, or their survivors, who lived or worked in one of six water districts in Ohio and West Virginia prior to December 4, 2004, to file a C8 lawsuit against DuPont if they, or their loved ones, suffered from a disease identified by the C8 Science Panel. 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
Court documents indicate that 3,429 C8 lawsuits are pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio alleging that DuPont dumped C8 from its Washington Works Plant into the Ohio River for decades without informing Mid-Ohio Valley residents. As a result, plaintiffs suffered personal injuries after being exposed to C8 which was in the public and private drinking water supply. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
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