New York, New York – Douglas & London, P.C. is proud to announce that DuPont has agreed to pay $1.185 billion to public water systems across the United States that detect PFAS chemicals in their drinking water supplies. The lawsuits allege that DuPont and several other manufacturers sold PFAS-containing products when the companies knew that PFAS compounds would readily contaminate the environment and have the potential to cause human health problems, including cancers.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals that are used to create many nonstick, stain resistant, and waterproof products. These chemicals are also used in aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). AFFF is a firefighting agent used to control and extinguish Class B fuel fires at airports, military bases, and fire training centers.
Of the historic settlement, firm partner Gary Douglas said: “This is only the first of many dominoes to fall in our unwavering quest to hold accountable those companies who have contributed to one of the worst environmental disasters in the history of mankind.” Gary was selected as lead trial counsel in the case of City of Stuart, Florida v. 3M Company, et al., the first bellwether case in the consolidated multi-district litigation (MDL) before Judge Richard Gergel in the United States District Court for the District of Southern Carolina, set for trial on June 5, 2023.
Firm partner Michael London is the MDL Court-appointed co-lead counsel. Michael was one of the primary negotiators of the settlement, which will pay public water systems that have already detected PFAS in their water, assist with the costs of testing for those that have not yet tested, and provide funds to those that find PFAS as a result of the testing.
This settlement was the result of years of litigation and the threat of imminent trial.
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