Nine residents of Ohio and West Virginia who have cancer and other diseases filed lawsuits against DuPont. They allege the company knowingly contaminated drinking-water supplies with a chemical used by one of its plants.
The Republic reports that the lawsuits are among about 50 such cases — including one alleging wrongful death — filed against DuPont since April, when a court-appointed science panel found probable links between exposure to C8, which is perfluorooctanoic acid, and kidney cancer, testicular cancer and thyroid disease, among others.
C8 is a key ingredient in Teflon, a coating used on cookware, clothing, and other products, according to The Inquisitr. DuPont uses it at its plant near Parkersburg, W.Va., on the Ohio line, though it plans to stop making and using the chemical by 2015.
The lawsuits are the latest in a long battle between residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley and DuPont. Back in 2001, about 80,000 area residents filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. As part of a settlement, DuPont agreed to pay as much as $343 million for residents’ medical tests, the removal of as much C8 as possible from the area’s water supply, and a science panel’s study into whether C8 is harmful to humans.
One lawsuit was filed by Parkersburg, W.Va., resident Virginia Morrison. Her suit accuses DuPont of causing the death of her husband in 2008 from injuries related to kidney cancer.
The Inquisitr notes that the first trial in the slew of suits against DuPont is set for September 2015.