Dupont and Chemours have agreed to pay nearly $671 million to settle an Ohio multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving a chemical used to make Teflon. Dupont agreed to pay half of the settlement, although the company’s liability connected to Teflon was transferred to Chemours when the company was spun off from Dupont in 2015.
The Teflon MDL involved about 3,550 personal injury lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals who were affected by the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA or C-8. The lawsuits alleged that a leak from a Dupont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia contaminated local water supplies with C-8, causing Ohio and West Virginia residents who were exposed to contaminated water to develop six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers.
Dupont first began using C-8 in the 1950s. Animal testing in the 1960s confirmed the toxicity of the Teflon chemical. Later testing revealed that C-8 was present in the bodies of workers at the Dupont plant.
Dupont took part in an EPA program to phase out the use of C-8, and stopped using the chemical entirely in 2013. But because C-8 does not biodegrade once it enters the body, individuals who are exposed to the chemical may develop illnesses decades after they were first exposed.
Chemical Exposure Lawsuits against Dupont
The first class action lawsuit against Dupont over the C-8 leak was filed by Parkersburg residents in 2001. In 2004, Dupont agreed to fund medical monitoring programs and to install water treatment systems in response to the litigation.
Dupont later convened a panel of scientists to determine whether C-8 was linked to an increased risk of illness. The panel determined that the chemical was probably linked to six different illnesses: high cholesterol, kidney cancer, pregnancy-induced hypertension, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, and ulcerative colitis. Lawyers for Dupont later agreed that the company would not contest whether any of these illnesses were caused by exposure to C-8.
Some members of the class action also filed lawsuits individually against Dupont. Three verdicts in these cases against the chemical company resulted in total damages of $19.7 million, including a $5.1 million verdict against Dupont in July 2016.
Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Chemical Exposure Victims
Thousands of Americans are injured each year by hazardous chemicals or other dangerous products. If you or a loved one has been the victim of chemical exposure or other negligence by an oil, natural gas, or chemical company, you may qualify to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
Filing a lawsuit against a chemical or petroleum company can be difficult and time-consuming. The chemical industry is willing to use all the resources at their disposal in order to avoid financial responsibility for the injuries and damage caused by their products. Victims of chemical exposure need experienced, dedicated attorneys with the legal and financial resources to bring their case to trial and even the playing field against the deep pockets of the chemical industry.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have successfully resolved hundreds of lawsuits involving personal injury, product liability, or other legal matters. Our law firm has the financial resources to handle personal injury claims from start to finish. In many instances, Heygood, Orr & Pearson has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case on our clients’ behalf in order to take it to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.
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