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March is National Kidney Month

Information and graphics provided by kidney.org: Kidney Health Facts: The kidneys are the body’s chemical factories, filtering waste and performing vital functions that control things like red blood cell production and blood pressure. But over time, the kidneys can become damaged with little or no physical symptoms to warn you that your kidneys are in trouble. “Of the 26 million American adults estimated to have kidney disease, most don’t know they have it. That’s why taking care of your kidneys, especially if you are at risk for kidney disease, is vital,” said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, National Kidney Foundation Chief Medical Officer. “There are a few simple things people can do to keep their kidneys healthy and strong.” 1 in 3 American adults is at high risk for developing kidney disease today. High blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of kidney failure and being over 60 are major risk factors for developing kidney disease. 1 in 9 American adults has kidney disease — and most don’t know it. Early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease. Kidney disease risk can be reduced by controlling blood pressure and blood sugar, quitting smoking, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding excessive use of pain medications. The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information, visit All Americans can do 5 simple things to protect their kidneys: Get Tested! Ask your doctor for an ACR urine test or a GFR blood test annually if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, are over age 60, or have a family history of kidney failure. Get screened for free through the National Kidney Foundation’s KEEP Healthy program by visiting www.kidney.org/KEEPHealthy. Reduce NSAIDs. Over the counter pain medicines, such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), may alleviate your aches and pains, but they can harm the kidneys, especially if you already have kidney disease. Reduce your regular use of NSAIDs and never go over the recommended dosage. Cut the Processed Foods. Processed foods can be significant sources of sodium, nitrates and phosphates, and have been linked to cancer, heart disease and kidney disease. Try adopting the DASH diet to guide your healthy eating habits. Exercise Regularly. Your kidneys like it when you exercise. Regular exercise will keep your bones, muscles, blood vessels, heart and kidneys healthy. Getting active for at least 30 minutes a day can also help you control blood pressure and lower blood sugar, which is vital to kidney health. Control Blood Pressure and Diabetes. High blood pressure and diabetes are the leading causes of kidney disease and kidney failure. Managing high blood pressure and strict control of blood sugar levels can slow the progression of kidney disease. Speak with your doctor if you are having trouble managing diabetes or high blood pressure. WE’RE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP The experienced attorneys at Cory Watson Attorneys understand the importance of kidney health because of their ongoing work with the Proton Pump Inhibitor, Zantac, and C8 Environmental litigations. If you or a loved one has suffered from kidney failure or kidney cancer because of one of these pharmaceuticals or environmental factors, we want to fight for you. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form for your free and confidential case evaluation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Chemours Throws DuPont Under the Bus In Court Filings

The tangled DuPont PFAS web continues to unravel, and it appears that the company just has not learned their lesson. A recent article by North Carolina Policy Watch reveals: “DuPont could have permanently stopped discharging perfluorinated compounds – PFAS – from its Fayetteville (NC) Works plant into the Cape Fear River nine years ago, but decided against it in order to foist the liability onto a spinoff company (Chemours), court documents allege. The 64-page complaint, filed by Chemours against its former parent company, DuPont, lays out a series of stunning allegations, that if true, reveal the nefarious actions of a billion-dollar company determined to avoid financial and legal responsibility for environmental disasters.” If this proves to be true, DuPont nefariously and knowingly created the Chemours company to offload the weight of their environmental liability and shift the blame.  What Are The Health Risks of PFAS Chemicals? Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), also known as C-8, has been used in everything from non-stick Teflon cookware to rain-proofed Patagonia sportswear, Scotch Guard and microwave popcorn bags. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has stated health risks associated with C-8 chemicals like PFOA and PFOS including kidney and testicular cancer, liver damage, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, infertility, pregnancy-induced hypertension and decreased birth weight. Let Our C-8 Experience Be Your Strength Cory Watson Attorneys took a leading role in the C-8 litigation, involving chemicals that DuPont used in Teflon production at its Washington Works plant located along the Ohio River in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Our firm worked to secure a $671 million settlement for more than 3,500 clients in West Virginia and Ohio. To this day, we continue to represent cancer victims in the area. Cory Watson principal Jon C. Conlin was appointed to serve as Co-Lead Counsel in the consolidated lawsuits against DuPont, MDL 2433. The Cory Watson litigation team also includes principal attorney Beth Chambers and associate attorney Nina Towle Herring. A Story So Bad, It Became a Netflix 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. Our Environmental Injury Attorneys Can Help You For more than 38 years, Cory Watson has successfully represented clients across the U.S. in water contamination cases involving powerful Fortune 500 companies such as DuPont and 3M. 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, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our environmental injury lawyers today for a free case evaluation by calling (877) 562-0000 or completing our online consultation form.

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DuPont C-8 “The Devil We Know” Documentary Now Streaming on Netflix

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. 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. “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.” 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. Our Environmental Injury Attorneys Can Help You 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. Contact the environmental injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys today for a free case evaluation by calling (877) 562-0000 or completing our online consultation form.

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DuPont Agrees to $670 Million Settlement to Resolve C-8 Claims

In a settlement announced last week, DuPont and Chemours Co. have agreed to pay $670.7 million to settle over 3,500 lawsuits. The plaintiffs claim they were injured by exposure to the chemical C-8, which has been linked to the following injuries: kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and high cholesterol. BRIEF CASE TIMELINE 2001: Residents filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont claiming DuPont exposed residents around the Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia to the chemical C-8. 2004: DuPont settled the class action. As part of the settlement, DuPont agreed to study the potential health effects of C-8 exposure. 2012: The scientists hired as a result of the class action settlement published Probable Link reports linking C-8 to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and high cholesterol. THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUITS The first trial was a claim by a West Virginia woman that C-8 caused her kidney cancer. In October 2015, a jury awarded her $1.6 Million for her injuries. DuPont appealed the jury’s verdict to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the time of the settlement, the appeal was still pending. The second trial involved an Ohio man claiming C-8 caused his testicular cancer. In July 2016, a jury awarded him $5.1 Million for his injuries, as well as $500,000 in punitive damages. The most recent verdict was in December 2016. In that case, a second Ohio man claimed C-8 caused his testicular cancer. The jury awarded him $2 Million for his injuries, as well as $10.5 Million in punitive damages. At the time the settlement was announced a fourth trial was ongoing. In the fourth trial, the plaintiff was another Ohio man claiming C-8 caused his testicular cancer. THE SETTLEMENT The settlement comes before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion on DuPont’s appeal. The settlement may potentially resolve all outstanding claims filed against DuPont. DuPont and Chemours will each pay half of the $670.7 Million. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7 At Cory Watson Attorneys, we have made it our mission to fight for the rights of injury victims and their families for more than 30 years, and have recovered over 3 Billion for our clients. Call (877) 562-0000 or fill out our online form to arrange for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL case evaluation.

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Jury Returns Punitive Damages Verdict of $10.5 Million Against DuPont

On Wednesday, the jury which in December awarded $2 million in compensatory damages to Mr. Kenneth Vigneron heard arguments by Vigneron’s attorneys about why E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company should be punished further for its decades of knowingly releasing the chemical C8 into the Ohio River.  The jury had previously determined that DuPont acted with malice  or a “conscious disregard for the right and safety of other persons that has a great probability of causing harm.” This determination led to the punitive damage phase of the trial which occurred this week. The jury was presented with evidence of DuPont’s financials including evidence that DuPont has $7.9 billion in unused credit lines, $4.5 billion in cash on hand, and $6.4 billion in treasury stocks owned by DuPont, totaling $18.8 billion available to pay a punitive damages award. On direct examination, the financial expert for Vigneron testified that, based on DuPont’s reported 2015 annual revenue, the company generates an average of $68.8 million a day. Vigneron’s attorneys characterized this as equating the jury’s $2 million compensatory damages verdict to “42 minutes” of DuPont’s revenue generation. During closing arguments, Plaintiff’s counsel urged the jury to punish DuPont explaining, “[i]t’s important to punish, to end this corrupt corporate mentality.” DuPont’s attorneys countered by asking the jury to return a punitive damages verdict of $0.  Yesterday, the jury sent DuPont a strong message and agreed with Plaintiff by returning a punitive damages verdict of $10.5 million plus attorney’s fees.  This is the third trial against DuPont concerning the toxic chemical, C8, which the corporation knowingly dumped into the Ohio River and local landfills since the 1950’s. Combined with the first two trials won against DuPont, the corporation has now been ordered by juries to pay out $8.7 million in compensatory damages to three plaintiffs. This latest award brings the total punitive damages to date to $11 million (plus attorneys’ fees) for a total jury award of over $19.7 million. This is just the start with over 3,500 C8 cases still pending against DuPont. The next trial is scheduled to begin on January 17th.

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Jury Delivers $2 Million Verdict in Cancer Case Against DuPont

An Ohio jury has ordered DuPont to pay Kenneth Vigneron $2 million dollars plus punitive damages after Vigneron contracted testicular cancer linked to water contaminated by a DuPont plant that manufactured Teflon. Cory Watson attorney Nina Towle Herring serves on the legal team representing the man who held DuPont accountable for the water contamination that led to hundreds of documented illnesses including cancers. The pollution was traced to a Teflon manufacturing plant that discharged water contaminated with the toxic chemical C-8 into drinking water serving more than a dozen communities. It’s the third jury verdict against DuPont in the C-8 contamination litigation, but the chemical giant has vowed to fight plaintiffs one by one rather than admit wrongdoing and compensate all victims. Cory Watson represents hundreds of clients similarly injured, and ten plaintiffs who already have trials scheduled to begin in the next 18 months.

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DuPont Ordered to Pay $1.6 Million in First C8 Contamination Case Settlement

A federal jury in Ohio returned a verdict on October 7 in a lawsuit against the DuPont Company, finding DuPont responsible for leaking the toxic chemical, C8, into the water supply around its West Virginia plant. DuPont will have to pay $1.6 million to Carla Bartlett for negligence and emotional distress, stemming from the kidney cancer she developed in 1997 after drinking C8 contaminated water. Carla Bartlett’s case was the first of more than 3,500 separate personal injury and wrongful death suits against DuPont for C8 contamination from the company’s Washington Works plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Wednesday’s verdict is a major victory for the plaintiffs in these other cases, and it indicates the direction in which many of these cases should proceed. Two of Ms. Bartlett’s attorneys successfully argued in the trial that DuPont decisions (on multiple occasions) to ignore the health dangers of C8 directly caused their client’s kidney cancer. Hundreds of documents brought up during the trial, including internal DuPont memos, show that the company knew for decades about the potentially fatal health risks, including the carcinogenic properties, posed by C8 while the company nevertheless continued to improperly dispose of the chemical into unlined ponds and landfills, as well as directly into the Ohio River and the air. In 2001, a group of individuals filed a complaint in West Virginia state court over C8 contamination of the area water supply. The court established in 2002 a mandatory class of roughly 80,000 residents whose water supply was exposed to C8 from the Washington Works plant. The class-action lawsuit was settled in 2004, with the court approving a final settlement agreement in early 2005 that created a procedure to establish whether class members could file suit against DuPont for health problems allegedly caused by exposure to C8. In 2012, the C8 Science Panel delivered its final report on six diseases caused by C8 at exposure levels found in the affected areas. These six diseases are: Testicular cancer Kidney cancer Thyroid disease High cholesterol Ulcerative colitis – a form of bowel disease Pregnancy-induced hypertension – which may cause seizures, kidney failure, miscarriage, and birth defects Following the release of the panel’s findings, plaintiffs with diseases linked by the report to C8 exposure began filing claims against DuPont; the lawsuits were centralized into multi-district litigation in 2013. While DuPont has been forced to admit the linkage between C8 and certain health problems in these most recent lawsuits, they have largely continued – as they have before – to try to dodge responsibility.  In Carla Bartlett’s case, DuPont’s attorneys maintained that C8 exposure was not the cause of her particular case of cancer. One of Ms. Bartlett’s attorneys has compared DuPont’s behavior to that of the asbestos, DDT, and tobacco industries, “You string out the public as long as you can,” he said. “This company made sure nobody connected the dots.” Presiding over the case, U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus, Jr. denied on October 1 a motion by DuPont to block the jury’s ability to consider punitive damages against the company. The jury did not, however, apply punitive damages in its $1.6 million judgment against DuPont, and instead determined that this total was entirely compensatory in nature. Wednesday was a good day for Carla Bartlett and the other victims of DuPont’s years of irresponsible actions. Jon C. Conlin, the Cory Watson attorney leading up this firm’s litigation team and Co-lead counsel for the entire coordinated MDL litigation, says that the truth is finally coming to light. “This was the first jury in the country that was able to finally hear what DuPont had done” said Conlin. “We are thankful to the jury for patiently and diligently listening to all the evidence before rightfully deciding DuPont should finally be held accountable for all Ms. Bartlett has had to suffer related to her C8 exposure and the kidney cancer it caused.  We are confident that this verdict will be repeated in the trials to come.” The next C8 of the bellwethers trials is currently set to begin just after Thanksgiving, in November 2015. If you or someone you care about suffered toxic exposure to C8, the experienced lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys are ready to fight for you. Call  at (877) 562-0000 or fill out Free Case Evaluation form on this page.

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DuPont Contamination Verdict Nullified

A Louisiana federal judge recently nullified a verdict in favor of DuPont Co. because the worldwide chemical giant withheld evidence. The suit stems from whistleblower claims in a False Claims Act suit that DuPont Co. did not tell federal regulators about certain leaks of cancer causing chemicals at of one of its plants. In her opinion, Judge Shelly D. Dick, determined that newly discovered leak calculations and a November 2014 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Citation were called for in discovery, but DuPont failed to produce them. Judge Dick’s opinion states, “The court further concludes that the unavailability of this evidence impacted the integrity of the trial process and prevented [former DuPont safety operator Jeffery M. Simoneux] from fully and fairly presenting his case.” Although the Judge was unable to state that the verdict would have been different, she did state the verdict cannot stand because “the court is unable to meaningfully evaluate the weight and persuasiveness” of this relevant evidence. This is not the first time DuPont has faced claims that it misled regulators and the public. In two trials scheduled for later this year, Plaintiffs allege DuPont knew as early as 1961 that C-8 (perfluorooctanate), a chemical used in DuPont’s manufacturing operations, was toxic and should be handled with care. By 1979, it is alleged that DuPont was in possession of data suggesting its workers exposed to C-8 were at a significantly higher risk for adverse health problems. The next year, according to the filed complaints, DuPont internally confirmed that C-8 is toxic and continued exposure is not tolerable. The complaint sites a 1981 pregnancy study conducted by DuPont noting birth defects in plant workers at “a significantly higher rate than a national rate . . . [and] also significantly higher than a plant rate.” Per the complaints, DuPont secretly obtained water samples for internal testing without notifying the community. DuPont has faced several other similar allegations of misconduct. In 2001, plaintiffs filed a class action, Leach, et al. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. alleging DuPont concealed knowledge of the residents’ exposure to cancer causing chemicals. In the Leach case DuPont settled the claims for $70 million and was required to set up a health monitoring system for exposed residents. In another case, the Little Hocking Water District sued DuPont for its alleged contamination of the Little Hocking water supply Even with knowledge that C-8 was present in local water supplies around the plant, DuPont actively worked to conceal the exposure risks. The plaintiffs in the upcoming trials, scheduled to begin in September and November of 2015, allege exposure to C-8 in drinking water, and DuPont’s concealment of the risks, caused their kidney cancer and ulcerative colitis.   

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