Personal injury lawsuits involving DuPont’s Wood County plant have been centralized and will be heard in just one court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. This consolidation is called a multidistrict litigation proceeding and the intent is to make the process move smoother, and more efficiently through the judicial system.
The suits allege that people were harmed from water that was contaminated by the Dupont Washington Works Plant’s use of a chemical called C-8. In all so far, 23 lawsuits are being moved to the Court, and Judge Edmund Sargus will hear the cases. Seven of these personal injury claims were filed in West Virginia.
Evidently, the decision to move to multidistrict litigation was made because the claims all involve common questions of fact, and the consolidation will “serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote” a more streamlined, fair, and efficient litigation approach, said Kathryn Vtratil, the acting chairman of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. As well, the Court in question allows litigation to be assigned to a less “busy” district with a judge who is experienced and who at the time of the assignment and consolidation had not been presiding over or overseeing a multidistrict litigation.
The lawsuits claim that the victims contracted any one or more of several diseases that have been linked to C-8 exposure as evidenced by a study that was part of a settlement from 2005 regarding contamination of the Water Works Plant.
In that case, the settlement involved a 2001 class action suit that had been filed by another law firm in Charleston. In that class action, it was reported that 80,000 people reside in the six water districts that had suffered from alleged contaminated water. Last year the first of the C-8 personal injury claims were filed in the Wood Circuit Court.
No matter where you live now, if you lived in one of the six allegedly water contaminated districts and believe you or a loved one has suffered as a result of contamination please contact an attorney who can help you determine whether you have a basis to file a claim in the multidistrict litigation.
Diseases inked to the C-8 chemical include:
- Kidney cancer
- Thyroid disease
- Testicular cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
Questions About Exposure to C-8 in Ohio or West Virginia and Illness?
Do you have questions about personal injury claims ongoing regarding Dupont’s use of C-8 and the alleged contamination of six water districts of West Virginia and Ohio? You are not alone. There is multidistrict litigation that will centralize these upsetting cases and potentially make the process more just and efficient and timely. We can answer your questions and help you understand your rights. We offer free consultations and will answer your questions. We work on a contingency fee basis, so that you pay nothing until we win an award for you. To contact J. Lewis & Associates, call 800-228-0507.