C8 Lawsuit Verdict Awards $5.1 Million To Ohio Man Who Was Exposed C8-Contaminated Water and Developed Testicular Cancer.
Jurors in the 2nd C8 lawsuit triall have rendered a verdict against DuPont ordering the company to pay $5.1 million to an Ohio man who developed testicular cancer after exposure to contaminated drinking water. The jury delivered the verdict after only one day of deliberations in what is the second hit against DuPont since facing thousands of C8 lawsuits. In October of 2015, the jury hearing the first C8 lawsuit trial awarded an Ohio woman $1.6 million. They found DuPont to be negligent in releasing the C8 chemical into the Ohio River from its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia.
C8 Lawsuit Trial Verdict
Jurors found that DuPont “acted with malice” when it discharged C8 from its Washington Works Plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia and into the Ohio River. While the jury awarded $5.1 million in compensatory damages, punitive damages will be determined over the next two days. The plaintiff said he was diagnosed with cancer of the right testicle in 2000 after drinking water supplied to his Washington County home by the Little Hocking Water Association. (Case No. 2:13-cv-01103) The association sued DuPont in 2009 for allegedly contaminating the aquifer beneath its well fields with C8. An undisclosed settlement was reached in November 2015. (Case No. 2:09-cv-10081)
This is the largest amount awarded, so far, in the C8 litigation pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio. The case is among 3,400 C8 lawsuits filed on behalf of Ohio and West Virginia plaintiffs who contend they developed kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol and other health disorders after routinely drinking water containing the toxic C8 chemical. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
“Wright & Schulte commends the jury for its decision to order DuPont to pay for causing this life-threatening illness to the plaintiff as well as to thousands of others who routinely consumed water contaminated with the C8 chemical,” says Richard Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the C8 lawsuit litigation. The firm is representing numerous Ohio and West Virginia residents who allege they developed kidney cancer, testicular cancer, high cholesterol and other health disorders after drinking C8-contaminated water.
The Ohio man who filed the C8 lawsuit said he moved to Washington County in the 1990s and water was supplied to his home by the Little Hocking Water Association. The water association had well fields across the Ohio River from DuPont’s Washington Works plant which, for decades, had been releasing the C8 chemical used at the plant to make Teflon. The plaintiff said he was diagnosed with cancer of the right testicle in 2000. (Case No. 2:13-cv-01103, C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433). The Little Hocking Water Association sued DuPont in 2009 for allegedly contaminating the aquifer beneath its well fields with C8. DuPont reached a confidential settlement with the association in November 2015.
C8 Science Panel Water Contamination Findings
The plaintiff was eligible to file a C8 lawsuit under a 2005 settlement agreement of a class-action lawsuit. The class-action was filed against DuPont in 2001 on behalf of nearly 70,000 Ohio and West Virginia individuals who lived or worked near the Washington Works Plant which discharged perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8 for short, into the Ohio River and nearby private and public drinking water supply. (Leach v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.))
Under the settlement agreement, a three-member C8 Science Panel was formed to determine whether there were probable links between C8 exposure and diseases in the community. The science panel reported probable links between C8 and:
• High cholesterol
• Thyroid disease
• Testicular cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Ulcerative colitis
• Pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
Those who developed the health disorders were eligible to sue DuPont if they lived or worked in one of six water districts for at least one year prior to December 3, 2004. The Little Hocking Water District Association was one of those districts.
The recent trial was one of several test trials scheduled for the C8 lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation in the Southern Ohio federal court. A case brought by a West Virginia man who allegedly developed ulcerative colitis from drinking C8-tainted water was settled prior to trial in March. (Case No. 2:14-cv-095) DuPont lost another trial in October and was ordered to pay $1.6 million to an Ohio woman who said she developed kidney cancer after drinking C8-tainted water. The company is appealing the verdict. (Case No. 2:13-cv-0170)
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