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Posted on November 03rd, 2019
A massive multidistrict litigation (MDL), combining more than 100 lawsuits over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), PFOS and PFOA - cancer-linked chemicals found in firefighting foam - was created earlier this year. The lawsuits have been transferred to the District of South Carolina, under the guidance of Judge Richard M. Gergel.
These legal actions allege that aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) - used to put out emergency fires - contaminated the groundwater near certain airports and other industrial locations and contaminated drinking water supplies, putting human health at risk.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits include individuals, water providers, water districts and state and local authorities. Manufacturers named as defendants are 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products, Chemguard, Inc, DuPont, Kidde and both the US government and several federal entities that are being blamed for producing the substances or foams, or calling for their use.
Our thoughts go out to those seriously affected by exposure to PFAS chemicals. Our seasoned attorneys know how to handle such delicate cases. If you believe that your medical condition was caused by exposure to AFFF and PFAS, call us for a free consultation.
So far, lawsuits have focused on certain limited areas, but evidence suggests that most communities train firefighters with potentially toxic foams in local areas that could lead to groundwater contamination and the problem may be more widespread than previously believed.
If you've been injured by exposure to PFAS, you deserve compensation. Time and time again, giant companies are aware of the health and safety risks of hazardous chemicals but don't disclose that information to the public.
The toxic tort actions filed against PFAS manufacturers include the following allegations made by firefighters, farmers and others: