By order of the Wood County Circuit Court, a class action was certified for the benefit of persons directly impacted by C-8 water contamination emanating from the local DuPont Washington Works plant in Wood County. Those people are the beneficiaries of the class action settlement (Leach et al v. E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company) in the Circuit Court of Wood County, West Virginia at Parkersburg. Two West Virginia law firms and one Ohio firm were the only law firms designated as class counsel to represent the affected persons. Those law firms are Hill Peterson Carper Bee & Deitzler PLLC of Charleston, WV, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP of Cincinnati, OH, and Winter & Johnson PLLC (formerly Winter Johnson & Hill PLLC) of Charleston, WV.
You are, or are not, a class member based upon the court’s order which created the class. It is not necessary, or possible, for anyone else to “join” the class action. The court’s order provides that all persons who were provided water by any of the six affected water districts (or specified wells within those districts, including DuPont's Washington Works Plant) for a year or more prior to December 4, 2004, are automatically members of the class action for which we were appointed by the court to be class counsel. (The only exceptions are individuals who chose to "opt out" of the class action within the original timeframe as allowed by the court before the final settlement was approved.) The affected water districts are: Little Hocking, Belpre, Tuppers Plains, and Pomeroy in Ohio, and Lubeck and Mason County in West Virginia.
The three law firms designated by the court are currently accepting clients among the class action members for whom we will pursue potential damage claims arising from diseases which are linked to C-8 exposure among class members. In October, 2012, the C-8 Science Panel concluded its probable link findings which determine whether or not you have a right to pursue a claim under the class action. If you have already contacted us and returned a client contract, we are currently in the process of updating your individual case so that we can pursue your claim if you qualify. Some claims have already been filed and are now pending in the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. All cases filed from this point forward will be transferred to that court for consolidated exchange of information between the parties and consistent rulings between all cases. If you believe that you may be affected by a C-8 related disease, but have not yet contacted us, you may do so by email or telephone.
The probable link reports of the C-8 Science Panel conclusively determine whether or not C-8 can cause the linked disease insofar as Class Members are concerned. If you are a Class Member suffering from a disease linked to C-8 by the Science Panel, we can pursue a compensation claim on your behalf. When you choose to employ us, we will use our 13 years of C-8 litigation experience, research, and material from this class action in an effort to prove specific C-8 causation of the disease in your individual claim at the appropriate time. Under the existing court order, no such claims could be pursued until the C-8 Science Panel finished its work. At this point, the Science Panel's work is finished and time limits are running with regard to the filing of C8 linked human disease claims. Because there is no certainty of recovery, we work for clients on a contingent fee basis. If we pursue the claim on your behalf and there is no recovery, you pay us no fees and repay no costs.
Aside from the compensation claims that we will pursue for our qualified clients, to the extent that your past exposure to C-8 water contamination remains a concern, all class members in the affected water districts are now entitled to free medical monitoring (testing) that an independent panel of medical experts (the C8 Medical Panel) has deemed appropriate to watch for signs of C-8 related disease. Because Dupont put the dangerous chemical in your water without your permission or knowledge, all such medical monitoring will be paid for by Dupont. More information regarding the court-approved C8 Medical Panel, its protocols, and the current medical monitoring program is available on this site or on the C-8 Medical Monitoring Program website.
Thank you for your interest in the ongoing C-8 litigation. Hopefully this website will provide you with significant public information regarding C8 and related litigation. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly. You are certainly welcome to consult with any attorney of your choice, but it is not necessary to employ outside counsel. We will accept referrals from other law firms and are actively working with experienced attorneys from several states. To submit your C8 claim for consideration by our attorneys, click here.
The original C8 Class Action law firms are:
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This section of the law firm website is intended to provide only a very general overview of the law, facts, and issues involved in C8 related litigation, and it is not intended to be a substitute for an experienced legal opinion based upon the individual facts of your case. It should not be construed as legal advice. If you have questions about the legal implications of a potential C8 claim, please e-mail or call the law firm of HILL, PETERSON, CARPER, BEE & DEITZLER, PLLC, with respect to the individual facts of your particular case.
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