Camp Lejeune Class Action Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of All Individuals Injured by Contaminated Marine Base Water
A class action lawsuit has been brought against the U.S. government, seeking damages on behalf individuals injured by contaminated Camp Lejeune water, following exposure at the Marine base for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987.
The complaint (PDF) was filed by Donald Stringfellow in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina on August 14, only a few days after President Biden signed a new law that allows veterans, family members and other individuals to pursue claims for cancer, Parkinson’s disease and other ailments linked to toxins in the water at Camp Lejeune decades ago.
Tens of thousands of Camp Lejeune water lawsuits are expected to be filed over the coming months, pursuing damages and benefits now available under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which opened a two year window for individuals to pursue claims that were previously barred by the North Carolina statute of limitations.
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Water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 caused cancers, birth defects, miscarriages and other side effects for U.S. Marines and their family members.
Some estimates indicate more than a million Marines and their family members suffered exposure to contaminated Camp Lejeune water between the early 1950s and late 1980s, with some estimates suggesting that toxic chemicals from Camp Lejeune may be responsible for more than 50,000 cases of breast cancer, 28,000 cases of bladder cancer, and 24,000 cases of renal cancer, as well as thousands of cases involve Parkinson’s disease, birth defects and other health complications.
While most of the cases that will be filed under the new law involve individual injury claims, Stringfellow is pursuing certification of his complaint as a Camp Lejeune class action lawsuit to protect the statutory rights, opportunities and benefits accorded under the new law, by preserving the timeliness of their claims. In addition, the complaint indicates that the class action over Camp Lejeune water contamination will provide the Court with certain procedural and case management tools for “the just, speedy and inexpensive determination” of the claims.
The lawsuit seeks to include as class members all individuals who resided, worked or were otherwise exposed to Camp Lejeune water, including unborn children exposed in utero, for at least 30 days between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, who have filed a claim in the administrative process established for cases against the U.S. government, which was denied or not acted on within six months. In addition, class members will be limited to individuals who are not otherwise represented by an individual Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer, and have not filed their own lawsuit under the Act as of the date class certification is granted.
Stringfellow indicates that while he was on base, he was exposed to contaminated water which contained chemicals including trichlorethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride and benzene. As a result of the contaminated Camp Lejeune water, Stringfellow indicates that he was later diagnosed with serious illnesses, which are attributed to these chemicals.
In anticipation of this new law, Camp Lejeune toxic water lawyers have been investigating potential claims for months, and gathering evidence about specific injuries that can be linked to chemicals found on the base, including various cancers, lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, kidney damage, birth defects, fertility problems and other conditions.
Some estimates suggest that more than 300,000 Camp Lejeune cancer lawsuits and other injury claims may ultimately be brought by Marine veterans, surviving family members and others exposed to the contaminated water.
SherriSeptember 24, 2022 at 9:59 am
This class action lawsuit is a scam. I know this because I have never been a Marine, nor have any family members, but I get 6 spam mails every day telling me I am part of this fake settlement for being exposed to something I wasn't because I have never set foot on a Marine base. How can I be eligible when there is no way I am qualified and there is no opt out option on any of these scam emails I a[Show More]This class action lawsuit is a scam. I know this because I have never been a Marine, nor have any family members, but I get 6 spam mails every day telling me I am part of this fake settlement for being exposed to something I wasn't because I have never set foot on a Marine base. How can I be eligible when there is no way I am qualified and there is no opt out option on any of these scam emails I am getting? I can't make the stupid people stop and I have no clue how they got my name and email. Don't fall for it. Real Marines are not going to get a penny because *everyone* is getting your penny, whether they deserve it or not. There are few honest people in the world and the attorneys are obviously not checking Marine rosters for their victims.
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