Attorneys in PFOA class-action lawsuit in Bennington hopeful trial beginning quickly

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Attorneys in PFOA class-action lawsuit in Bennington hopeful trial starting soon

Posted: Jan 22, 2021 / 3:51 PM EST
Updated: Jan 22, 2021 / 5:08 pm EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – Plaintiffs in the PFOA class action lawsuit against Saint Gobain / ChemFab have waited five years for a hearing. The attorneys hoped a decision would be made meanwhile, but it was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The lawsuit was filed in 2016 on behalf of 2,300 Bennington and North Bennington properties and a smaller subset of 500 to 1,000 residents who consumed PFOA-contaminated well water and had elevated PFOA levels in their blood.

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It will be the first such case in Vermont and the first in the state to require that a PFOA polluter pay for medical surveillance of the relatives of the exposed residents.

The lawsuit also seeks compensation for lower property values ​​due to the contamination. Lawyers say property values ​​fell between 11% and 35% after the contamination was discovered, according to lead plaintiffs and an independent real estate expert.

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Similar problems have been reported in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, both of which are in Rensselaer County.