NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, along with co-counsel, Crueger Dickinson, has filed a class action lawsuit against Tyco Fire Products L.P., Chemguard, Inc. and ChemDesign, Inc. for contaminating the groundwater around Marinette, WI with the toxic chemicals perfluorooctanesulfonic acid ("PFOS") and perfluorooctanoic acid ("PFOA") through the manufacturing and testing of aqueous filming forming foams ("AFFF"). The class action seeks to certify a medical monitoring class for those who have ingested these chemicals, as well as a class for property owners whose home values are diminished due to the water contamination. Tyco has admitted that 56 private drinking water wells have been contaminated with PFOA/PFOS, and has installed treatment systems in 37 of those homes.
The Complaint was filed in Marinette County Circuit Court (Case 2018CV000277) on December 17, 2018. It alleges that for over fifty (50) years, Tyco's manufacturing and testing of AFFF at its various properties around Marinette and the Town of Peshtigo, has permitted PFOA and PFOS to contaminate the groundwater, that has now travelled underground and polluted dozens of residents' private water supplies all the way to Green Bay, Lake Michigan.
Paul J. Napoli explained, "since the 1970's, Tyco was aware that the constituents of its AFFF were toxic, non-biodegradable, and would travel readily through groundwater. Yet, an important corporate member of Marinette elected to put profits ahead of the health and safety of the community. The goal of the lawsuit is to help compensate the residents for their exposure and polluted water supply, as well aid in the early detection of certain cancers and diseases. This would of course, have the added benefit of reduced health care costs to the City and State."
Studies have shown an association between increased PFOA and PFOS blood levels and an increased risk for kidney cancer, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Other health effects include impacts to the immune system, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, changes in thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism), and ulcerative colitis.
Partner Hunter J. Shkolnik will lead his team of experienced environmental lawyers dedicated to the residents of Marinette, including associates Tate J. Kunkle, Patrick J. Lanciotti and Of Counsel, Paul J. Napoli.
About the Firm Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is a national litigation firm providing representation to persons in class action lawsuits and complex commercial cases, as well as victims of environmental contamination disasters, aviation accidents, defective prescriptions drugs and medical devices, asbestos-related illnesses, and other serious personal injury matters. With their principal offices in New York City and additional offices in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as affiliates throughout the United States, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is readily available to clients.