DuPont Faces More Than 3,400 C8 Lawsuit Claims Alleging That Men And Women Developed Kidney Cancer, Thyroid Disease And Other Medical Conditions Due To Drinking C8-Contaminated Water
A federal court jury hearing the first C8 lawsuit trial awarded an Ohio woman $1.6 million. The jury found DuPont was negligent in releasing the dangerous C8 chemical from its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia and into the Ohio River. This was the first bellwether trial for the C8 lawsuits that now number over 3,400 complaints alleging Mid-Ohio Valley residents developed thyroid disease, testicular cancer, high cholesterol and other medical conditions after drinking C8-tainted water.
The Guysville woman said in her C8 lawsuit that she developed kidney cancer as a result of drinking water contaminated by the C8 chemical. The plaintiff, 59, testified that she was living 10 miles downriver from the Washington Works plant when she was diagnosed with cancer. She had surgery in 1997 to remove the tumor. While jurors awarded the plaintiff compensatory damages, they did not order DuPont to pay punitive damages, which are awarded as a way of punishing defendants. The trial began September 14th in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.
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“Wright & Schulte is pleased with the jury verdict, this trail was the stepping stone for all other C8 cases.”says Richard Schulte, a founding partner of the Firm and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the C8 lawsuit litigation.
Wright & Schulte has filed numerous C8 lawsuits on behalf of Ohio and West Virginia residents who contend they developed kidney cancer, testicular cancer, high cholesterol and other health disorders due to drinking C8-tainted water. The Firm notes that the plaintiff was eligible to file a lawsuit against DuPont because she lived in one of the six water districts in Ohio and West Virginia that were affected by the C8 contamination. The six 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
Perfluorooctanoic acid, called C8 for short, was used at the Washington Works plant to make Teflon products, protective finishes on carpets and water resistant clothing. The plaintiff’s witnesses presented evidence during the trial that DuPont knew for decades it was dumping C8 into the Ohio River but failed to notify the public. [dispatch.com/contnt/stories/local/2015/09/16/dupont-trial-continues.html, September 16, 2015]
The plaintiff testified that she did not associate her kidney cancer with being exposed to C8-tainted water until a three-member panel of epidemiologists conducted a study linking C8 to diseases in the community. The C8 Science Panel was established as part of a settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2001 on behalf of nearly 70,000 Ohio and West Virginia residents who lived or worked near the Washington Works plant. In October 2012, the panel found a probable link between C8 and the following six health disorders:
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid disease
- Testicular cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
Court documents show that Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr., who is managing the C8 multidistrict litigation, will preside over a second C8 bellwether jury trial scheduled to begin on November 30. The next case involves a 55-year-old West Virginia man who alleges he developed ulcerative colitis due to drinking C8-contaminated water. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
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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