The DuPont lawsuit is related to claims that the company knew it was contaminating water. The Huffington Post reports on Oct. 26 that the lawsuit involves nine people from Ohio and West Virginia. They have cancer and believe DuPont is responsible.
The residents of Ohio and West Virginia blame perfluorooctanoic acid (C8) for their illnesses. Perfluorooctanoic acid is a chemical that is capable of staying in the blood stream for a long period of time. It is considered a carcinogen and can be found in Teflon products. DuPont has admitted to using perfluorooctanoic acid at its factories.
Residents claim the chemical made its way into their water supply. There have been previous lawsuits about the same issue. DuPont has promised to stop using perfluorooctanoic acid by 2015, but residents argue that the damage to their health cannot be changed.
Multiple lawsuits have been turned into one case, and some of the evidence points to DuPont knowing C8 was dangerous in the 1960s. The company continued to use the chemical despite its toxic nature and harmful impact on people’s health. Even DuPont’s lawyers have expressed shock during the litigation process. One of them shared, “God knows how they could be so clueless. Don't they read the paper or go to the movies?” The residents of Ohio and West Virginia are asking for damages in the lawsuit.