Saint-Gobain Plastics Reaches $34 Million Settlement Over Water Contamination Claims
Residents of a Vermont town, Bennington, have requested a judge to approve a $34 million settlement with Saint-Gobain, accusing the company of tainting their town’s drinking water and even their blood with Teflon, a chemical used to produce nonstick pans.
Bennington Water Contamination Settlement Overview
Residents of Bennington requested approval of their settlement agreement with Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. in a memo filed November 10 in a Vermont federal court.
The settlement would put an end to allegations that the company contaminated private drinking wells with the chemical known as Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) during the Teflon manufacturing process.
Saint-Gobain agreed to $26.2 million in property damages to class members whose land was devalued due to the discharge of PFOA into the soil and drinking water as part of the proposed Saint-Gobain Bennington Water Contamination Settlement, the document states.
Under the proposed class action settlement, the company would also provide a $6 million fund to medical monitoring for anyone who may have consumed the dangerous chemical while getting water from their wells. Medical monitoring would attempt to detect certain medical problems in the plaintiffs at an early stage.
Additionally, the memo adds that the proposed Saint-Gobain Bennington Water Contamination Settlement agreement would pay the plaintiffs’ counsel up to $6.6 million in attorney fees, plus $1.04 million in litigation costs.
About the Lawsuit
The case stems from allegations that between 1969 and 2002, Saint-Gobain and a predecessor manufactured Teflon-coated fabrics in two factories that utilized PFOA.
In 2016, Vermont officials discovered that several drinking wells in the area had elevated levels of PFOA. Following a lawsuit filed by a state agency, the company agreed to supply municipal water towards the majority of the contaminated wells and install point-of-entry treatment systems in some homes that could not be reached otherwise.
Editor’s Note on Saint-Gobain Bennington Water Contamination Settlement For $34 Million:
This article is written to inform you of the update regarding the Saint-Gobain class action settlement over allegations that the company contaminated the drinking water of Bennington with Perfluorooctanoic Acid. You might also be interested in the Hoosick Falls Water Settlement by Honeywell and Saint-Gobain.
Case Name & No.: James Sullivan et al. v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., Case No. 5:16-cv-00125
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
Allegations: Saint-Gobain allegedly contaminated the drinking water of Bennington with Perfluorooctanoic Acid
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