A lead lawyer spearheading the litigation over the Flint water crisis has brought a class action over drinking water contamination that allegedly has exposed residents in five counties to liver cancer and other health risks.
Ted Leopold, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, partner at Washington, D.C.’s Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, brought the case on Monday in North Carolina federal court against E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. and its subsidiary, The Chemours Co. The suit claims both companies, which make Teflon, created a public health crisis when they dumped several chemicals into the Cape Fear River for decades from a plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina—then hid their actions from federal and state regulators.
“Together, the chemical compounds DuPont discharged into the Cape Fear River over 45 years comprise a toxic cocktail with serious impacts to plaintiff’s and class members’ health, property and lives,” the complaint says.
Leopold estimated the case, brought along with lawyers from Houston’s Susman Godfrey, would seek more than $1 billion in compensatory and punitive damages.
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