Cape Fear River, NC Water Contamination Litigation: Carey, et al., v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Co., Inc., et al.
On April 19, 2019, the Honorable James C. Dever III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Southern...
Cohen Milstein is at the forefront of PFAS and environmental toxic tort litigation involving contaminated water. We are currently court-approved co-lead counsel in two of the largest PFAS and water-related toxic tort class actions in the United States: Victoria Carey, et al. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and The Chemours Company, et al. (E.D.N.C) and In re Flint Water Cases (E.D. Mich.).
Our goal is singular and clear. We are dedicated to representing local communities, water utilities, water companies, and other entities burdened with damages and costs resulting from PFAS contamination.
We have joined with three other law firms to form a unique and powerful alliance to bring together all of the experience and skills necessary to represent communities facing difficult decisions about how to respond to PFAS contamination. The PFAS Advisory & Litigation Group is ready to guide your community through the process of deciding how to best respond to the issues raised by PFAS in the water supply and how best to protect ratepayers.
Per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” are toxic, man-made chemicals that are being discovered in drinking water across the county. The toxic chemicals have been manufactured and used in a variety of consumer products since the 1940s.
There are several different PFAS, including PFOA, PFOS, and GenX and other replacement PFAS. Studies have found that PFOA, PFOS, and GenX have been found in drinking water due to localized contamination. Localized contamination includes:
Exposure to PFAS chemicals can cause adverse health outcomes, including:
Our goal is to help local communities, water utilities, water companies, and other entities ensure that the damages caused by PFAS contamination are not paid by communities, ratepayers, water suppliers and others, but are paid by the chemical companies that are responsible for this life-threatening contamination.
We track and analyze all existing PFAS related litigation on a daily basis and know what issues have been litigated in other cases and what evidence has been identified and disclosed in those cases. The group brings comprehensive resources in terms of in-house discovery teams, third-party environmental testing and regulatory teams, as well as crisis management teams. We track PFAS related actions and developments at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and at state environmental agencies and track the most recent developments related to testing and regulating PFAS compounds. We have unique insights into the roles possible actions of those agencies related to PFAS issues. We are frequently contacted by national environmental reporters who rely upon our expertise to report on PFAS related developments.
Cohen Milstein’s PFAS Advisory & Litigation team include nationally recognized trial lawyers, who are highly regarded for their subject-matter expertise in environmental law and litigation.
Theodore J. Leopold is Co-Chair of Cohen Milstein's Complex Tort Litigation practice and leads the firm’s Environmental Toxic Tort team, which, under his leadership, has been recognized as among the best in the nation by The National Law Journal, “Winner – Elite Trial Lawyers – Environmental Protection” (2019), and Law360, “Practice Group of the Year – Environmental” (2018). He is court appointed Co-Lead Counsel on two of most high-profile environmental toxic tort mass actions in the U.S. today—In re Flint Water Cases (E.D. Mich.) and Victoria Carey, et al. v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and The Chemours Company, et al. (E.D.N.C).
John A. Sheehan is a member of Cohen Milstein’s Complex Tort Litigation practice and leads the firm’s PFAS Litigation team. He has more than 30 years of experience in environment law and litigation, with a focus on state and federal water and wastewater quality issues. Mr. Sheehan’s litigation experience spans both the private and public sectors, including the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he was a senior trial attorney and represented the United States in high-profile, precedent setting environmental litigation. In private practice he represented the State of Florida in its lawsuit against BP, arising out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Cohen Milstein’s PFAS Advisory & Litigation team has extensive knowledge and expertise in litigation high-profile water, PFAS, and other environmental toxic tort lawsuits. Some of our current litigation and past successes include.