DuPont C8 Cases Contribute to Spike in Non-Product Liability Personal Injury Lawsuits
(06 Oct 2014) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during August 2014 the government reported 1,944 new personal injury civil filings which were not related to product liability. This number is up 13.4 percent over the previous month and up 21.1 percent from a year ago. Much of the increase appears to be due to cases filed in multi-district litigation against DuPont over air and water contamination by C8, a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon.

Relative to population, the Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston) led the nation with 253 non-product liability lawsuits filed per one million people, compared with 6.2 such cases filed per million for the United States as a whole. Second was the Southern District of New York with 46.7 suits per million, followed by the Southern District of Ohio (Cincinnati) with 42 per million.

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