BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A new class action lawsuit has come down on DuPont and Chemours as a result of the GenX contamination of the Cape Fear River.
Previous lawsuits against the company have come from neighbors demanding compensation for water treatment and property value loss. Others have now come from public entities like the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the DEQ.
The newest suit was filed in the U.S. District court in the Eastern District of North Carolina’s Southern Division.
In it, the 58-year-old plaintiff, Victoria Carey, from Leland makes several claims of medical issues she has dealt with since moving to the area are a result of GenX contamination.
The suit says water tested from the Carey family home revealed elevated levels of GenX and Nafion that exceeded regulatory standards.
The lawsuit was filed with several law firms counseling the plaintiff, the main one being Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC with Martha Geer signing off on the filing.
The suit cites a study DuPont performed on GenX in 2013 that had findings the chemical compound belonged to a class of compounds called peroxisome prolierators which are known to produce liver, pancreatic, and testicular tumors in rats and liver tumors in mice.
It also looks at the C8 fallout with DuPont and the studies in that case that found a significant positive exposure-response relationship between PFOA’s and kidney cancer.
The former class action lawsuits were not diving into the health issues potentially resulting from GenX contamination after Erin Brokovich’s team of researchers concluded there was not enough scientific evidence to move forward with a legal case for it.
This class action suit is requested for compensatory and punitive damages.