January 08, 2018

After concern over GenX and its presence in the Cape Fear River – the main drinking water source for Wilmington and surrounding areas – led to a number of class actions filed late last year, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and Susman Godfrey have been tapped as interim co-lead class counsel for the consolidated class action against DuPont and wholly-owned subsidiary, the Chemours Company (NYSE: CC).

The appointment was made by Judge James C. Dever of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

We are “very honored to be selected as co-lead counsel,” says Ted Leopold, a partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s executive committee, who along with Steve Morrissey, a partner at Susman Godfrey, was appointed as interim co-lead counsel for the class action.

“It is certainly in line with the public justice work at the firm that we do,” says Leopold, who is also co-lead counsel in a class action filed on behalf of residents of Flint, Michigan, against Gov. Rick Snyder, local government officials, the city of Flint and a group of engineering companies over contamination of the city's water supply.

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Leopold calls the Flint and GenX cases two of the most significant water contamination cases in the U.S. currently. The five-county area that has a drinking water supply from the Cape Fear River amounts to about 750,000 people.

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