Written by: Attorney Matthew MarinPublished on: February 13th, 2024The issue of PFAS contamination in America's water supplies has reached a pivotal moment with the approval of a historic $1.18 billion settlement with DuPont. At the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm, our commitment to environmental justice and public health drives us to share this monumental development. This settlement not only marks a significant victory in the fight against pollution but also emphasizes the critical nature of prompt and decisive action against those responsible for contaminating our water resources. Understanding PFAS Contamination: PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are often termed "forever chemicals" due to their persistent nature in the environment. Used widely in consumer products for their nonstick and water-resistant properties, these chemicals have infiltrated public water systems, posing severe risks to human health, including liver and immune-system damage and certain cancers. This contamination underscores a dire need for accountability and remediation. The Significance of the DuPont Settlement: The $1.18 billion settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel is a beacon of hope for affected communities. It's not merely a financial recompense; it's a clear message to corporations about the undeniable importance of responsible environmental stewardship. This legal triumph...Continue reading
The Water Authority is working with the Rhode Island based Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm and a consortium of other experienced water contamination law firms including Law Office of Kevin Madonna and the SL Environmental Law Group to sue 3M Company, DuPont, and other companies for their involvement in PFAS manufacturing that lead to contamination of the Authority’s drinking water. KENT COUNTY, R.I., August 03, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Kent County Water Authority has retained a consortium of experienced water contamination law firms, including the local law firm of Marin, Barrett, and Murphy, to represent them in litigation and settlement of claims against the 3M Company, E.I. Dupont, and other manufacturers of toxic PFAS chemicals with a focus on the use of PFAS in firefighting foam (AFFF). These toxic chemicals were used for decades throughout Kent County and have contaminated the drinking water supply and water sources utilized by the Kent County Water Authority. The costs to remove of these toxic ‘forever chemicals’ has created a financial burden for the Kent County Water Authority and initiation of this litigation and the terms of the proposed settlement will allow KCWA to hold the PFAS manufacturers financially accountable for the costs, expenses, and impacts caused by...Continue reading
Over the past decade, our families at Marin, Barrett, & Murphy have been very focused on how to remove as many chemicals as we can from our family and work environments. Can you blame us? In our line of work, we can't help but be very active when it comes to being as vigilant as possible when it comes to avoiding as many chemicals as possible. But the one chemical that really blows our minds is PFAS or what is known as a forever chemical. “According to a 2015 report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, an astonishing 97 percent of Americans have at least some forever chemicals in their blood” Or in other words, while we have all been enjoying cooking our scrambled eggs with an easy post clean up - we were all ingesting a little bit of the chemical in Teflon known as PFAS, short for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances. And it’s not just our favorite non-stick pans. PFAS have found their way into an extensive range of consumer products and commercial uses, causing widespread contamination of water, soil, and even...Continue reading
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MAY 12th, 2023: CHICAGO TO BE CENTER OF MASSIVE CLASS-ACTION HAIR RELAXER LAWSUIT
In a major legal development, Chicago is set to become the focal point of a massive class-action lawsuit concerning hair relaxer products. The lawsuit alleges that these products have caused severe health issues and permanent hair loss for numerous individuals who have used them.
The lawsuit, which is being filed against several prominent hair relaxer manufacturers, claims that the products contain harmful chemicals that were not adequately disclosed to consumers. These chemicals are believed to have led to a range of health problems, including scalp burns, hair breakage, and allergic reactions.
If you or someone you know has experienced health problems or hair loss as a result of using hair relaxer products, it is crucial to stay informed about this developing case. Keep an eye on further updates as the lawsuit progresses and consult with legal professionals specializing in product liability to understand your rights and options.
We will continue to monitor this class-action lawsuit closely and provide updates on our website as new information becomes available.