GREENVILLE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A Leland, North Carolina, citizen has filed a class action lawsuit over allegations that two companies have released toxic chemicals into a river used as a drinking water supply.
Victoria Carey, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Oct. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Southern Division against E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Co. and the Chemours Co. FC LLC alleging negligence, trespass and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that from 1980 to the present, the defendants have discharged toxic chemicals into the Cape Fear River, which is a source of drinking water for five counties in North Carolina. She alleges that the defendants have discharged perfluorooctanoic acids and other chemicals into the river and that these chemicals are dangerous to human health.
The plaintiff alleges that water testing done at her Leland, North Carolina, home revealed elevated levels of GenX and Nafion, which are perfulorooctanoic substances. She claims she has experienced physical and emotional injury because of the defendants' actions.
The plaintiff holds the defendants for allegedly allowing contaminants to be released into the Cape Fear River and failed to take reasonable adequate and sufficient steps or action to eliminate, correct, or remedy any contamination after it occurred.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory and punitive damages, order for equitable relief, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees, and for all such other relief the court deems equitable. She is represented by Theodore J. Leopold, Martha Geer, S. Douglas Bunch and Emmy L. Levens of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Southern Division case number 7:17-cv-00201-D