Residents of the city of Parchment, Michigan, have just won a class action lawsuit over a PFAS lawsuit that was filed back in 2018.
A $ 11.9 million settlement was recently announced over a lawsuit filed by parchment residents alleging that “PFAS contamination is affecting municipal drinking water.” The lawsuit was filed by Liddle & Dubin PC, a law firm, on behalf of plaintiff David Dykehouse as a proposed class action lawsuit.
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Commenting on the deal, Rick Kimble, spokesman for the Georgian Pacific region:
“Through the agreement, 3M and Georgia-Pacific will contribute a total of $ 11.9 million to resolve plaintiffs’ claims on behalf of the proposed class. The parties have worked together to achieve this mutually acceptable arrangement without further lengthy labor and resort to expensive litigation. “
3M has made a similar statement, and Kimble said the agreement must be approved by the court.
The water crisis at the center of the suit came to life in July 2018. Tests at the time indicated that “PFAS levels in the parchment water system and in some wells in Cooper Township were 20 times higher than rated safe by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Residents were notified and given bottled water” while work was being carried out to transfer the city to the Kalamazoo water system “.
As a result, a lawsuit was filed in the West District of the U.S. District Court in November 2018. There it was alleged that “Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances from a nearby former paper mill and facilities had migrated into Parchament’s municipal water system, which supplied water to Dykehouse and the rest of the proposed class of lawsuit. “
The federal complaint asked for monetary damages for “property damage, reduced property value, stigmatization damage, impairment of the use and enjoyment of property, non-economic damage, exposure to PFAS and medical surveillance”.
So who was in the suit? Who are the plaintiffs who can benefit from the settlement? For starters, the settlement class includes any person who “owned, rented, rented houses or residential properties, or lived in residential or residential buildings that were served by the parchment water system as of July 26, 2018, but who have not made individual claims of bodily harm or illness due to exposure to them PFAS in municipal water. “
Money is currently being invested in a fund that will be used to “pay those who had property interests and / or lived in houses that were supplied with parchment from the municipal water system at the time the contamination was discovered”. Known class members will be contacted and application forms will be “mailed” to all available mailing addresses. In addition, advertisements will be placed in Michigan newspapers to notify anyone who may be affected by the settlement. In addition, the company will “create a website and a toll-free number to inform stakeholders of deadlines and other information”.
Once claims are filed, checks will be made out to class members once approved.
US $ 11.9 million settlement reached in litigation after parchment drinking water found with dangerous PFAS levels
Multi-million dollar settlement reached in 2018 parchment PFAS water crisis