4:30 pm Reception 5:00 pm Lecture
  • Type: Presentation
  • Presented by: The University of Chicago
  • Speakers: Robert Bilott
  • Location: Harper Center C25, 5807 S Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

?Protecting Our Drinking Water? with Robert Bilott

Described in the New York Times Magazine as “DuPont’s worst nightmare,” Robert Bilott, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, took on an environmental lawsuit that changed his career and exposed a decades-long history of chemical contamination of drinking water near a DuPont plant in West Virginia. After his client settled with DuPont over contamination by the ‘unregulated’ chemical PFOA or C8, Bilott decided to push ahead in pursuing the truth and exposing that PFOA is a risk to human health. In 2001 Bilott filed a class action lawsuit, Leach, et al. v E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co, on behalf of about 70,000 people in six water districts in West Virginia and Ohio that contained high levels of PFOA, leading to an ongoing legal battle with DuPont. 

Bilott will discuss the legal, regulatory, political, and scientific challenges of addressing unregulated chemical contaminants in drinking water.

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