C8 Lawsuit Trial Continues For West Virginia Plaintiff Who Allegedly Developed Testicular Cancer After Exposure To C8-Tainted Drinking Water.
Another C8 lawsuit trial against DuPont began last week. This water contamination lawsuit involves a West Virginia man who said he developed testicular cancer due to drinking water contaminated with the C8 chemical. The complaint mirrors 3,400 pending C8 lawsuits that accuse DuPont’s Washington Works plant near Parkersburg, West Virginia of dumping the toxic C8 chemical into the drinking water supply and causing individuals to develop testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease and other life-threatening illnesses.
In the latest C8 lawsuit trial, the 56-year-old plaintiff said he lived in the Little Hocking Water Association in Southeast Ohio when the Washington Works plant was emitting C8 into the Ohio River. The plaintiff alleges that DuPont knew that the plant had been releasing C8 since the 1950s but failed to warn the public about the dangers associated with the toxic chemical. The first C8 trial ended in October with the jury awarding $1.6 million to a Guysville, Ohio woman who said she developed kidney cancer from drinking C8-tainted water. Another C8 trial was scheduled in March but DuPont settled the case prior to trial. (In Re: E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2433)
The pending C8 lawsuits against DuPont are filed as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement in 2005. The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2001 on behalf of nearly 70,000 Ohio and West Virginia residents over the emission of Perfluorooctanoic acid, or C8 for short. C8 is a man-made chemical used to make Teflon products, protective finishes on carpets and other non-stick coatings. The class-action lawsuit accused DuPont of failing to inform the public that its Washington Works plant was discharging C8 into the Ohio River and the local water supply. (Leach v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.))
As part of the settlement, a C8 science panel was created to determine whether there was a link between C8 and diseases suffered by community members. In October 2012, the science panel found a probable link between C8 and six health disorders:
• High cholesterol
• Thyroid disease
• Testicular cancer
• Kidney cancer
• Ulcerative colitis
• Pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
Residents, former residents, their survivors or anyone else who consumed water in one of six water districts in Ohio and West Virginia who developed one of the six health disorders were eligible to file a lawsuit against DuPont. In addition to individuals, the Little Hocking Water Association also sued DuPont. The association claimed in its 2009 complaint that C8 contaminated the aquifer beneath its 45 acres of wells located across the Ohio River from Washington Works. DuPont settled the association’s complaint for an undisclosed amount in November.
U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr., who is presiding over the C8 litigation, has scheduled two more C8 trials this year. The judge also developed a pretrial schedule for 40 C8 cancer trials to begin in May 2017 and continue into 2018. (Leach v. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Va. Cir. Ct.))
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