Today, DuPont publicly disclosed that it has reached a settlement in principle to resolve the C-8 personal injury multi-district litigation now pending in federal court in Columbus, Ohio for $670.7 million in cash.
The litigation arises from a 2001 class action lawsuit involving DuPont’s contamination of the drinking water supplies of approximately 70,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio with the toxic chemical PFOA (also known as C-8).
Under a 2004 settlement of the class claims, DuPont already has paid or has committed to pay over $350 million for impacted community water filtration systems, class member blood and health data collection, class member health studies, and class member medical monitoring.
Today’s settlement in principle involves payment by DuPont of an additional $670.7 million to address the individual personal injury claims of approximately 3,500 class members who claim that the PFOA in their drinking water led to one or more of six diseases linked to the contamination of their drinking water with PFOA.
On behalf of the plaintiffs in the litigation, Robert A. Bilott of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, as one of the co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, stated “This is a tremendously positive step toward resolving this litigation in a way that provides compensation for our injured clients without the need for additional, lengthy, and expensive trials. We look forward to working with DuPont to finalize this settlement and get these injured class members paid as quickly as possible.”
In addition to Bilott, the Taft legal team included David J. Butler, Mark T. Hayden, Timothy J. Hurley, John B. Nalbandian, and Kathleen J. Welch.