Our firm is working with several other law firms on a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey against DuPont. We are being assisted locally in that case by the Lieberman & Blecher law firm. The suit alleges that perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) discharged by the DuPont Chambers Works facility in Salem County, New Jersey have contaminated private and public water supplies in several Salem County townships. The proposed class includes the public water supply customers and private well owners whose drinking water has been contaminated with these harmful chemicals. Among other things, the plaintiffs are seeking relief for the proposed class in the form of medical monitoring and corrective measures to remove the PFCs currently in their drinking water. The plaintiffs’ claims are almost identical to the claims asserted against DuPont in a West Virginia Circuit Court case by a class of individuals whose drinking water supplies were contaminated by PFCs discharged from the DuPont Washington Works facility in Parkersburg, West Virginia. A little more than a year ago, DuPont agreed to settle that class action case for about $343 Million.
In the near future, the U.S. District Court of New Jersey will determine whether our clients’ case should proceed to trial as a class action. Given the previous class certification decision and settlement of a nearly identical case against DuPont in West Virginia, we are hopeful that the New Jersey court will also see fit to certify our clients’ case as a class action. David Byrne from our firm is the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs in this interesting case.
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