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.
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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