Appeals court rejects Camp Lejeune contaminated water lawsuit

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has dealt the victims of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune a setback, ruling that a state law passed this year cannot retroactively validate their health claims against the US government.

The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals decision filed Tuesday returns a lawsuit to a lower court.

Obama administration attorneys wanted the court to dismiss the lawsuit blaming the water for a variety of illnesses.

At issue was North Carolina’s “statute of repose” that ends a plaintiff’s right to seek damages more than 10 years after the last contamination. The plaintiffs argued that 10 years had already run out before victims learned of the contamination, and that many are just now learning of health effects or haven’t been diagnosed with diseases linked to the water.

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