Hundreds of people in Ohio have alleged that DuPont chemical plant caused them health problems by dirtying their water with chemicals, namely one referred to as C8. For more than 10 years, residents have said that the high levels of C8 discovered in water supplies near the plant, which is located on the Ohio River, have caused them to get sick.
As a result of the class-action, which was filed in Columbus federal court, a science panel was formed and the members of this group concluded that there is a possible connection between the chemical, also referred to as perfluorooctanoic acid, and testicular and kidney cancers, pregnancy-induced hypertension, thyroid disease, high cholesterol and inflammatory bowel disease.
These findings, which were released over the past two years, resulted in men and women submitting complaints in state courts. However, this month, the cases were transferred to federal court, at the request of the defendant, DuPont.
In a statement to local news source, The Columbus Dispatch, Debra Nelson, a lawyer for one of the plaintiffs, revealed that 26 cases are in federal court in Columbus and 10 are in federal court in neighboring state West Virginia. She also said that over the next or so, she wouldn’t be surprised if hundreds of more people come forth to file personal injury claims.
”So many people don’t even know this is going on yet,” said Nelson.
Each of the plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages as a result of DuPont’s “reckless and negligent” contamination of their drinking water.
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