On December 4, 2018, Andrew Whiteman participated in a public meeting held at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the status of the latest scientific research into the toxicity of chemicals found in in the Cape Fear River, the recent regulatory settlement between the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and Chemours, and the ongoing litigation brought by class action plaintiffs and water utilities against DuPont and Chemours. Presentations were made by Larry Cahoon, a University of North Carolina at Wilmington biology professor, and Ted Leopold, an attorney with Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, co-lead counsel for the class. Introductory remarks were provided by Andy McGlinn of the Cape Fear Sierra Club.
See the StarNews report of the meeting.
Whiteman Law Firm, along with several other firms, is representing plaintiffs in class action lawsuits against DuPont and Chemours for environmental contamination of the air and water in southeastern North Carolina. In these lawsuits, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants discharged toxic chemicals from their chemical production facility near Fayetteville, North Carolina into the surrounding air and water. The plant produces chemicals that are used to make non-stick coatings for cookware and other consumer products. Plaintiffs alleged that DuPont and Chemours knew that this family of chemicals is dangerous, but nevertheless dumped these chemicals into the air and water to avoid the expense of taking appropriate safety precautions while misleading regulators about the nature of their discharges.