Back in April 2013, DuPont was sued in a wrongful death case when a court-appointed science panel linked DuPont’s C8 (perfluorooctanoic acid) to kidney cancer, thyroid disease and testicular cancer, to name a few adverse effects.
2001 lawsuit advances forward
Dupont’s C8 chemical, the key ingredient in their Teflon brand, is primarily used as a synthetic coating in cookware. Back in 2001, the C8 chemical was found in Ohio and West Virginia residents’ drinking water near DuPont’s Parkersburg, West Virginia, plant on the Ohio border. Back then, 80,000 area residents filed a class action lawsuit against DuPont for contaminating their water sources with C8 and ravaging their health. DuPont settled to pay $343 million of the residents’ medical tests, also promising to remove C8 from the area’s water supply. A court-approved science panel was hired to study C8 and its ability to cause disease in humans over the past thirteen years.
The cancer link has been established
Now the verdict is in. A court-appointed science panel has testified that C8 has probable links to various cancers. With the link now made, nearly 50 new cases are rising up against DuPont, including a lawsuit filed by nine injured Ohio and West Virginia residents who were affected by the C8 water poisoning in 2001.
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