Firm Partner Gary Douglas secures verdict of $12.5 million against DuPont
Douglas & London partner Gary Douglas served as lead trial counsel and secured a $12.5 million verdict, including $10.5 million in punitive damages against DuPont for dumping C8 into the drinking water supply and causing Kenneth Vigneron’s testicular cancer. This is the largest verdict yet against DuPont in the multidistrict litigation.
This is in addition to the $1.6 million verdict for Carla Bartlett and $5.6 million verdict for David Freeman secured by Douglas for their C8 related injuries.
C-8 is a hazardous substance used by Du Pont in its manufacturing activities. Exposure to C-8 is dangerous and causes very serious threats to human health.
Douglas & London actively represents plaintiffs seeking recovery against Du Pont for personal injuries caused by its release of harmful levels of a chemical known as C-8 into the environment and, as a result, into the air and drinking water of the area surrounding its Washington Works Plant in Wood County, West Virginia.
Since the early 1950’s, Du Pont has used C-8 in its operations at the Plant, and was aware of the potential toxicity of the chemical when released into the environment. Over the next several decades, Du Pont discovered that C-8 was in the blood of individuals all over the country, with the highest levels in those people in Ohio and West Virginia living and working close to the Plant. Du Pont also knew that C-8 exposure caused severe health problems, such as cancer.
Despite that knowledge, Du Pont never reported the dangers of C-8 to the public or the government. Even worse, Du Pont continues its use of C-8 to prevent loss of its profits.
In 2005, Du Pont agreed to settle a class action based on its release of C-8 into the environment. That settlement allowed for people exposed to C-8 to sue Du Pont for certain personal injuries determined by the court-appointed C-8 Science Panel. These injuries include:
- Kidney cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Thyroid disease
If you or someone you know has been exposed to C-8 through their drinking water in Ohio or West Virginia, and has been diagnosed with one of the above conditions, you may have a legal case. Join hundreds of people around the country in this legal action against Du Pont. Should you wish to talk to someone one in our office about your C8 claim, please feel free to call us anytime.