Judge Says No Group Lawsuit Against DuPont Over C8

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Thousands of people who drank water contaminated with a chemical used to make teflon can sue DuPont individually, but a judge says they cannot act as a group.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin ruled against a class-action lawsuit Tuesday, saying the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate they share common injuries from exposure to C8.

Goodwin says the people who drank tainted Parkersburg city water presented compelling evidence that C8 might harm their health.

But Goodwin says he can't certify a class based on potential harm. The plaintiffs must prove specific injury to each proposed class member.

Dupont has used C8 since the 1950s at its Washington Works plant south of Parkersburg. It's used to make teflon and other nonstick products.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Mzbee Location: L.H. on Oct 2, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    Have you heard from any Dupont employee's who are disabled or after their blood was checked by "Dupont" that had very high "C-8" level's??? I have!!! Does a 9,000 "C-8" Level sound high to you?? Should be ZERO!
  • by Mike Location: Belpre on Oct 1, 2008 at 09:16 PM
    DuPont has done a lot for our community...but some might say Hitler did a lot for Germany. The bottom line here is that DuPont did not dispose of the chemical properly. It came into our drinking water, and if people are suffering from exposure to this chemical then DuPont should compensate those individuals who are exposed to this poison. It’s not a get rich quick scheme. We are talking about the life and quality of life these people are going to experience due to the neglect of the DuPont plant. If this was you or your family I'm sure you would have a different view.
  • by JENNIFER Location: BELPRE on Oct 1, 2008 at 07:00 PM
    I PERSONALLY WISH DUPONT WOULD TAKE IT'S BUSINESS ELSEWHERE!! THEY MAY HAVE CONVINCED YOU THAT THEY ARE PRODUCING CHEMICALS THAT DON'T HARM PEOPLE, BUT I KNOW DIFFERENTLY!!! AS FOR THE "LOWLIFES" ON WELFARETRYING TO MAKE A BUCK??? GIVE ME A BREAK, EVERYONE IN THIS AREA HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY THE C-8 EXPOSURE, NOT JUST THE UNDERPRIVELAGED AND THE ONES ON WELFARE, MAYBE THEY ARE JUST THE ONE'S COMPLAINING THE MOST BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO INSURANCE OR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE TO DOCTOR ANY SIDE AFFECTS CAUSED BY THE C-8!! AS FOR THEM PROVIDING JOBS IN THE AREA...THAT MAKES ME LAUGH, EVERYONE IN THIS AREA KNOWS THE JOBS THERE GO TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF PEOPLE WHO ALREADY WORK THERE, AND THE AVERAGE JOE LOOKING FOR A DECENT JOB IS JUST PLAIN OUT OF LUCK....I GUESS THEY ARE JUST LOWLIFES THAT NEED TO APPLY FOR WELFARE!!!
  • by Amy Location: Parkersburg on Oct 1, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    It is disgusting how people overlook the harmful effects of Dupont because of the jobs it offers. Your health and quality of life isn't worth a paycheck. If people demanded that these companies be more responsible, the United States would be a much better place. That's what seperates us from third world countries that are depleted of their resources, morality and health in the name of jobs. West Virginia is one of the last places Dupont is allowed to get away with such
  • by Samantha Location: Cutler, OH on Oct 1, 2008 at 04:53 PM
    Wow, some of you commenters are ignorant. My family and I have all been constantly sick, my father with failing organs and endocrine systems, due to this stuff. Dupont IS doing wrong by knowingly dumping the chemicals into our water sources when they could dispose of it in a more safe manner. Just because we're not immediately dying doesn't mean it's not compromising our quality of life, making us have to spend more for our health, always miserable and ill. My 5 year old niece is already showing symptoms as well. She'll likely be affected for the rest of her life even if they immediately stopped letting the chemicals into the water. I could care less about jobs and nonstick pans, it's no good if people are needlessly sick. And anyone who thinks otherwise doesn't know what this feels like. I'm 25 and I feel like I'm 80, my joints are falling apart, I have chronic cough, no energy, countless things I lack space to spill about. It's almost impossible to continue working enough to live.
  • by Doug SSBN 618 Location: Pakersburg on Oct 1, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    Dupont is here for one reason and one reason only---"profits" for their greedy stockholders, not to provide jobs. They have disregarded every person's health in their negligent pursuit of those profits. This giant corporation for years, has knowingly contaminated your and your familys most vital and basic needs for survival--your "air & water" How stupid and ignorant can you be, to defend this type of conduct?
  • by ann on Oct 1, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    this may be a blessing in disguise! Those class action suits divied out usually amount to squat! Thank you dupont for your toxic waste and chemicals! But by the time all the illnesses become evident all this will be too little too late!
  • by VotingVet on Oct 1, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    With all due respect we don't need jobs that kill our kids and ourselves. Dupont has not been upfront and forth coming about information on C8. They act like all big business corporations. Rape the land and move on. If you have cancer in your family I can assure you it didn't come from no where. We live in the cancer capital of the world. The very first question for new patients at the very prestigous and prominent Cancer Research Center is "Do you live in the Mid Ohio Valley?". Yes we need jobs, no we don't need corporations who pump toxic chemicals into our communities.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    Hmm, people living off of Wellfare looking for an easy way out, perhaps? Totally agree with Ray. Look how many jobs DuPont has offered this area. I don't see a death toll on this C8 business. These people are probably sitting at home cooking their meals on DuPonts Teflon brand pans, but looking to sue.
  • by Mzbee Location: Little Hocking on Oct 1, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    Have you had your C8 level's checked lately?? You may want to!!!!!
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