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Lawsuit filed against chemical companies on behalf of Brunswick Co. residents

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A class action lawsuit has been filed against DuPont and the Chemours Company regarding GenX water contamination.

According to a news release sent Friday afternoon, the law offices of James Scott Farrin filed the suit on behalf of people in Brunswick County who get their water from the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority also filed a suit against the chemical companies this week.

The complaint alleges that DuPont and other defendants acted negligently in releasing chemicals such as GenX known to be harmful to the public into the Cape Fear River, which provides drinking water for thousands of people served by the Northwest Water Treatment Plant.

Specifically, the lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages that occurred as a result of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and perfluoroalkyl ether carboxylic acids (PFECAs) discharged into the river at Chemours' Fayetteville Works site. A jury trial is also requested.

According to the release, damages include:

  • loss in value and marketability of properties
  • cost of remediating properties 
  • cost of mitigating the contaminated water, and/or cost of alternative water sources  
  • loss of use of their properties they own, loss of use and enjoyment of those properties, annoyance, discomfort and inconvenience
  • cost of diagnostic testing for the early detection of illness, disease, and disease process caused by exposure to defendants’ toxic PFAS and/or PFECAs

The release also alleges that Chemours broke the following laws:

  • Trespass
  • Nuisance
  • Negligence
  • Negligent failure to warn
  • Unjust enrichment

A copy of the lawsuit is attached in the PDF below.

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