Parkersburg Residents Seek Permission To Appeal Denial Of Class-Action Lawsuit

By: Phillip Hickman Email
By: Phillip Hickman Email

Lawyers on behalf of Parkersburg residents are asking a Federal Appeals Court for permission to appeal a decision regarding a lawsuit filed against DuPont.

The group claims the city's water was contaminated by a chemical the company uses at its Washington Works plant to manufacture Teflon.

Last month, US District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin ruled the residents could individually sue DuPont, but he couldn't certify the case for class-action status on the basis of potential harm.

DuPont has already settled a 2001 class-action case involving the chemical c8 with residents living in six water districts, near DuPont's Washington Works plant.

The request was filed with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

In a response released by the company Thursday afternoon, DuPont says it believes Judge Goodwin made an appropriate ruling denying the case against class certification, and it believes the plantiff's request for permission to appeal is without merit.


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  • by Roger Location: Marietta on Oct 16, 2008 at 08:08 PM
    I am just trying to understand how dupont could contaminate Parkersburg water..Dupont is a few miles downriver from Parkersburg. The last time I knew of water flowed downriver not up river. When Dupont packs up and moves out and cost several hundred their jobs we will know why
  • by glen Location: mineral wells,wv on Oct 16, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    people trying to get something for nothing. i agree with matt
  • by Matt Location: Belleville, WV on Oct 16, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    I am not sure how many people will read this, and nothing will ever be done to fix it because people will do what they do. But I see that once again, the people of this area are yet again trying to cut their own throats. Sueing DuPont will do nothing more than cause them to close down the plant, and move from the area. It is simple logic. Would you want to employ people that would sue you? So go on, run yet one more industry from the valley, soon there will be nothing but fast food and gas stations left. Then what are we going to do for a job?
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