Wright & Schulte LLC Represents Numerous Clients in C8 Lawsuits Alleging Illness and Wrongful Death Due to C8, a Chemical Discharged from DuPont’s Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia for Several Decades.
C8 lawsuits alleging illness and wrongful death due to exposure to C8-contaminated drinking water continue to mount in a federal multidistrict litigation now underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Wright & Schulte LLC reports. Court records indicate that three more C 8 lawsuits were transferred to the proceeding late last month. Prior to their transfer, the claims were originally filed on November 5, 2013 in U.S. District, Southern District of West Virginia. So far, at least 75 C8 lawsuits naming DuPont as a defendant have been filed or transferred to the Southern District of Ohio since the multidistrict litigation was established there this past April. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
Wright & Schulte LLC is already representing numerous clients who have filed personal injury and wrongful death C8 lawsuits against DuPont in the federal litigation. Firm partner, Richard W. Schulte, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the proceeding. According to court documents, all of the lawsuits allege that exposure to C8 tainted drinking water associated with DuPont’s Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia caused people living and working in the area to develop serious illnesses, including kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis), preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy) and high cholesterol.
C8 Lawsuits Allege Contaminated Water
According to court documents, C8 is a chemical used to make Teflon, which for years was manufactured at the DuPont Washington Works facility. In 2005, DuPont reached a settlement in a C8 class action lawsuit that had been filed on behalf of 70,000 people who lived and worked in the vicinity of the plant. Among other things, the accord called for the creation of the C8 Science Panel and charged it with investigating potential links between exposure to the chemical and a number of serious illnesses. If the C8 Science Panel ultimately determined that there were any such links, the settlement stipulated that the residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley who were exposed to C8 contaminated water would be entitled to file an individual personal injury lawsuit against DuPont if they suffered from any of the illnesses identified by the panel. (Leach v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.))
In September 2012, the Science Panel did conclude that there were probable links between exposure to C8 contaminated drinking water and several illnesses, including:
• Kidney Cancer
• Testicular Cancer
• Thyroid Disease
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis)
• High Cholesterol
(c8sciencepanel.org/prob_link.html; C8 Science Panel, October 2012)
As per the C8 lawsuit settlement, Mid-Ohio Valley residents who developed one of the above ailments may file their own claim against DuPont if they lived or worked in one of the following six Ohio and West Virginia water districts 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
According to Wright & Schulte LLC, there is still time for potential plaintiffs to file their own C8 lawsuit against DuPont, as the first trial in the federal litigation will not get underway until the fall of 2015. 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 1-888-399-0795, or visit www.yourlegalhelp.com.
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