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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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3M Settles Alabama Drinking Water Contamination Lawsuit for $35 Million

A north Alabama utility that provides drinking water to thousands of people has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against 3M over chemical contamination. The West Morgan-East Limestone Water and Sewer Authority sued to make 3M pay for a new filtration system to remove dangerous industrial chemicals that 3M produced for decades along the Tennessee River in Decatur. The advanced water filtration system needed is estimated to cost at least $30 million. Federal rules prompted a brief scare in 2016 when the water authority warned customers not to drink the water because of chemical contamination. The water authority manager told the public the water was unsafe to drink because the level of PFOA and PFOS chemicals found in it were above the EPA health advisory levels. The hazardous chemicals also are present in off-site dumps and landfills, and the water system authority alleged that 3M waste was a primary source of river contamination. At least two of the chemicals in the PFAS family, PFOA and PFOS, were contained in sludge dumped on 287 acres of 3M’s riverfront Decatur facility and continue to contaminate the groundwater there, according to 3M filings with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Cory Watson Attorneys has successfully fought on behalf of hundreds of clients in Ohio and West Virginia, when the DuPont Corporation contaminated water with these same dangerous PFAS chemicals. 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 another C-8 litigation involving chemicals that DuPont used in Teflon production at its Washington Works plant, securing a $671 million settlement for more than 3,500 clients in West Virginia and Ohio. They 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. 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 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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Is There a Listeria Outbreak in Birmingham?

Listeria poisoning, also known as listeriosis, is a life-threatening food poisoning caused by eating foods contaminated with the listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria poisoning can cause severe illness or even death if not diagnosed and properly treated. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to suffer more serious illnesses as a result of listeria contamination. Vegetables, meat, dairy products and processed foods can be contaminated with the bacteria that cause listeriosis. Symptoms of Listeria Food Poisoning The most common symptoms of listeria poisoning are: Diarrhea Fever Muscle aches and pains Nausea Flu-like symptoms including chills When listeriosis spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include a headache or a stiff neck. Listeriosis is particularly threatening to pregnant women, as the bacterial infection can be responsible for stillbirth, miscarriage or premature delivery. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that people who develop symptoms of listeriosis should seek immediate medical care and tell their healthcare provider about eating potentially contaminated products. Listeriosis symptoms usually occur within hours or days of being exposed to the listeria bacteria. In some cases, it can take up to 2 months for the bacteria to cause illness. Where is the Listeria Bacteria Found? Listeria is found in soil, water, and animals such as poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants and contaminate a variety of processed meats. Listeria can contaminate fresh fruits and vegetables when crops are fertilized with listeria-infected manure or grown in soil harboring listeria bacteria. Listeria can even grow within the cold temperatures of your refrigerator. Experienced Food Safety Attorneys If you suspect you or a loved one has been exposed to listeria poisoning, seek medical help immediately. Consumers have legal rights when it comes to food safety. The lawyers of Cory Watson Attorneys are investigating recent outbreaks of listeriosis and providing legal consultation for victims of the food poisoning outbreak. Call (877) 562-0000 for a free 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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Freeman Jury Awards Plaintiff $5.1 Million in Compensatory Damages

On July 6, after a month of witness testimony and evidence examinations in the Columbus, Ohio Courtroom of Judge Sargus, arguments concluded in the second C8 MDL bellwether trial against DuPont, David Freeman v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. During the closing arguments, Mr. Freeman’s lawyers asked jurors to award Mr. Freeman $5 million in compensatory damages based on claims that DuPont negligently caused Mr. Freeman’s testicular cancer through C8 water contamination from its Washington Works plant. Mr. Freeman’s lawyer’s focused on the term “conscious disregard” by arguing that DuPont implemented a “cover up” of C8 handling and its effects in order to avoid being responsible for liabilities. “I don’t think you’ll have a problem finding negligence,” Mr. Freeman’s attorney told jurors on Tuesday, saying that the case is “really about DuPont’s conscious disregard.” Plaintiff’s counsel then focused on Mr. Freeman, himself – framing him as a community member in terms of his exposure and specific probability of harm, and as a man who experienced both physical and emotional anguish because of DuPont’s negligence and conscious disregard. DuPont argued that during the time frame in question they were unaware that C8 was likely to cause harm to humans. The jury did not agree with DuPont. In less than a day of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict finding DuPont was liable for its negligence and awarded Mr. Freeman $5.1 Million in compensatory damages. After finding a verdict on compensatory damages in Mr. Freeman’s favor, the jurors then agreed with Plaintiff’s counsel and found that DuPont demonstrated a “conscious disregard for the right and safety of other persons that has a great probability of causing harm.” This finding of “conscious disregard” triggers the second phase of the case and the jury will now hear evidence to support an additional award of punitive damages. The additional punitive damages verdict is expected to come down from the jury in the next several days.

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New C-8 Contamination Concerns: Some West Virginia Residents Advised, “Do Not Drink the Water”

Health officials have issued Drinking Water Warnings for Parkersburg, Martinsburg and Vienna, West Virginia. The “do not drink” warnings were issued on May 19, 2016 after the federal Environmental Protection Agency released a new national standard for C-8. C-8 is a chemical that has contaminated the drinking water of these areas, as well as others, for years and is linked to many illnesses such as cancer, thyroid disease and high blood pressure in pregnant women. In an interview with the Charleston Gazette, Dr. Rahul Gupta commissioner of the state Bureau for Public Health, said “The Bureau for Public Health is working with the town of Vienna to implement appropriate precautions, which will include a ‘Do Not Drink’ advisory until additional testing and evaluation takes place. The Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety will assist those affected by the EPA’s advisory, and the state will assist in securing the installation of new filters. Two other public water systems in West Virginia, located in Parkersburg and Martinsburg, were also affected by the new EPA thresholds. They have taken immediate action by using additional water sources to provide water.” Cory Watson attorneys play a leading role in the DuPont C-8 litigation involving chemicals DuPont used in Teflon production that polluted the Ohio River. Cory Watson has been working on behalf of the people injured by DuPont’s use of the toxic chemical C-8 in the West Virginia and Ohio areas, and advises residents to participate in the bottled-water programs and take appropriate precautions.

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Court Finds “Substantial Probative Evidence Supports the Jury Verdict” Awarding $1.6 million Against DuPont in Water Contamination Case

In a 125 page opinion issued February 17, 2016, Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., the judge presiding over the C8 litigation, affirmed the jury verdict awarding $1.6 Million to Mrs. Carla Bartlett.  DuPont requested a new trial which Judge Sargus denied.  “Indeed, the Court finds substantial probative evidence supports the jury verdict. Consequently the Court DENIES DuPont’s request.” (emphasis appears in original). Mrs. Bartlett’s trial against DuPont in Columbus, Ohio began on September 14, 2015.  Mrs. Bartlett presented evidence showing she developed kidney cancer as a result of drinking water contaminated by C8 from DuPont’s Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  On October 7, 2015, after a nearly one month trial, the jury awarded Mrs. Bartlett $1.1 million as damages for DuPont’s negligence and $500,000 for the emotional distress the injuries caused Mrs. Bartlett. DuPont immediately filed motions with the court claiming the evidence presented by Mrs. Bartlett’s did not support her claims and that a new trial should be granted to DuPont. DuPont’s motion was denied

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