By Adam W. Pittman on January 23, 2019
A new documentary available for streaming on Netflix, “The Devil We Know,” is a terrifying and eye-opening look into one of Cory Watson Attorney’s recent success stories – the DuPont C-8 litigation.
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Cory Watson Attorneys took a leading role in the C-8 litigation involving chemicals that DuPont used in Teflon production. Cory Watson Principal Jon C. Conlin was appointed to serve as Co-Lead Counsel, and successfully represented more than 3,500 plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit.
The Story Behind “The Devil We Know” Documentary
“The Devil We Know” tells the story of how citizens in West Virginia take on the powerful corporation DuPont after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical – Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C-8 – into the local drinking water supply. The documentary details DuPont’s alleged decades-long cover-up of the harm caused by these chemicals.
The DuPont plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia, has been ground zero for the impact of chemicals used in the company’s non-stick Teflon cookware products. The ingredient C-8 has been used in everything from Scotchgard to rain-proofed Patagonia sportswear and microwave popcorn bags.
C-8 has been linked to obesity, infertility, and dangerous diseases such as kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and thyroid disease.
Cory Watson Attorneys Fight for Justice Against DuPont
The trail of deception led to one of the largest class-action lawsuits in the history of environmental law. Internal documents and secret in-house studies revealed a disturbing truth:
DuPont had knowingly been pumping a poisonous chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people for decades.
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“These filmmakers shined a light on one of the most pervasive chemical threats still facing our country today,” said principal attorney Jon. C Conlin, who was appointed to serve as Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in multi-district litigation. “Through the work done in the original Leach class case, and through the later MDL-2433 C-8 trials and settlement, thousands of injured Ohio Valley residents received justice for their pain and suffering.”
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Cory Watson Attorneys successfully fought for more than 3,500 clients against DuPont to receive a $671 million settlement. The Cory Watson litigation team also included principal attorney Beth Chambers, Kristian Rasmussen, and attorney Nina Towle Herring.
“The next Cory Watson C-8 trials are currently set for 2019 and 2020, and we are committed to continuing to work toward the legal and regulatory change that will help make us all safer,” said Conlin.
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For more than 35 years, Cory Watson has successfully represented clients across the U.S. in major contamination cases involving powerful Fortune 500 companies such as DuPont. Our experienced team of attorneys is knowledgeable in the scientific facts and medical issues critical to these cases.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to contaminated water or toxic chemicals, including C-8, you may be entitled to compensation.