Public water systems and private wells - PFAS settlements

Public water systems and private wells - PFAS settlements video

Thousands of water systems across the nation are contaminated with PFAS, a group of highly toxic chemicals, exposure to which can cause kidney, liver, prostate, and testicular cancer, among many other health problems. The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) took action against the PFAS manufacturers that have been polluting drinking water. As a result, substantial settlements were reached in litigation against the manufacturers of PFAS, including DuPont, Chemours, Corteva, and 3M.

Currently, there is a rapidly growing number of plaintiffs in the PFAS lawsuit, and any water system that is contaminated with these chemicals can join the program and obtain financial compensation that will cover the cost of water treatment and remediation. With over 30 years of experience in toxic exposure cases, our skilled attorneys can help you join the lawsuit and recover the money you are entitled to.

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PFAS Settlement Payout Program

3M settlement

The NRWA encompasses 49 state affiliates representing all 50 states because Rhode Island and Connecticut are combined as one. The mission of its rural utility operations specialist board members and local leaders is to provide clean, safe, and affordable water and wastewater services.

For this reason, the NRWA decided to file a class action lawsuit against the responsible PFAS manufacturers whose chemicals ended up in the drinking water.

Drinking water utilities could be eligible for a piece of over $12.5 billion as part of a tentative settlement with chemical and manufacturing giant 3M for its role in "forever chemicals" contaminating drinking water across the nation.

The number of water systems impacted by PFAS contamination across the country is unknown, but it is estimated to be in the thousands. Numerous municipalities do not have representation and could be missing out on this historic settlement, which is why we strongly encourage communities to join our PFAS Settlement Payout Program. Those who are eligible to participate should seek legal counsel and consider whether the settlement would meet their needs.

The funds from the PFAS settlement will be divided up using a formula that allocates amounts based on the extent of pollution (PFAS score). However, the number of utilities that could have rights to the funds will continue to grow as more choose to participate in the settlement.

Settlements achieved for public water systems

3M settlement

There was a major breakthrough in the pursuit of justice for water providers and their communities affected by PFAS contamination in the U.S.

The material terms with defendants DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva concerning their responsibility for the PFAS contamination of public water systems and the associated costs of treatment were successfully settled, and the companies agreed to pay $1.185 billion, money that will be used to remove PFAS from the drinking water.

A $12.5 billion settlement with the 3M Company in the ongoing multidistrict litigation over the contamination of drinking water with PFAS was achieved. This historic settlement agreement resolves the claims of Public Water Systems across the country that have been affected by actual or threatened contamination of their water systems with PFAS. In 1998, 3M finally shared over 1,200 studies with the Environmental Protection Agency, drawing a $1.5 million fine for failing to report earlier.

This proposed settlement is the result of many months of negotiations between the parties and is subject to approval by Judge Richard M. Gergel, who was assigned in the winter of 2018 to oversee the ongoing multidistrict proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Under the proposed settlement, 3M agreed to contribute up to $12.5 billion. According to a statement provided by the company, the agreement will benefit utilities "nationwide that provide drinking water to a vast majority of Americans," payable over the next 13 years. The settlement, if approved by the court, would be broken into two phases, addressing both current and future drinking water claims brought by various public utilities.

Join the PFAS Settlement Payout Program with the assistance of our diligent attorneys

With over 30 years of experience in pursuing toxic exposure cases, our attorneys can offer you quality legal assistance if you intend to join the PFAS lawsuit as a public water system contaminated with these dangerous chemicals.

Drinking water utilities might be eligible for a piece of over $12.5 billion as part of a tentative settlement with chemical giant 3M for its role in "forever chemicals" contaminating drinking water nationwide. Contact our law firm to find out if you are eligible.

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