Third C8 Case Goes to Trial

This week a third C8 case will go to trial before a federal judge in Columbus.  On Monday, opening arguments will begin in the case of Kenneth Vigneron vs. DuPont. Vigneron, an Ohio resident, is alleging that he developed testicular cancer from drinking contaminated water as the result of DuPont’s Teflon manufacturing processes.

Last fall a Columbus jury awarded a kidney cancer victim $1.6 million.  This spring a testicular cancer victim was awarded $5.1 million. This will be the third such case to go to trial. More than 3,500 personal claims have been filed against DuPont so far. A fourth case is scheduled for hearing at the start of the New Year.  After that, the cases will be heard at the rate of 40 per year.

“Kenneth Vigneron is our neighbor, and his fight to hold DuPont accountable is our fight,” stated Keep Your Promises member Jeffrey Dugas. “We will ensure that Kenneth and the rest of the 3,500 plaintiffs in the DuPont case know that we stand with them and support them in this fight for accountability.”

Thanks to Ken Ward from the Charleston Gazette, you can read the complaint here:

About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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