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Filing Deadline For $17 Million PFAS Settlement Is Oct. 22

Issue Date: October 14, 2021

The Peshtigo Times has learned that according to a recent ruling in the U.S. District Court in the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, current and former residents of the northeast corner of the Town of Peshtigo adjoining the City of Marinette may be eligible for substantial damage payments from settlement of a $17.5 million Class Action lawsuit brought against Tyco Fire Products Chemguard Inc., and ChemDesign Inc. for contaminating private wells with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through firefighting foams that were manufactured in Marinette and tested in Marinette and the Town of Peshtigo. Testing of the foam at the Ansul Fire Technology Center allegedly began around 1965, which is why the Class Period begins Jan. 1 of that year.

Anyone who resided in or owned a property with a private well drinking-water source within the area bounded on the north by University Drive, on the south by Heath Lane, on the west by Roosevelt Road, and on the east by the Bay of Green Bay, all in the Town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, for at least one year between Jan. 1, 1965, and Dec. 31, 2020 may be eligible for a share of the settlement. An estimated 270 homes or affected wells are in the settlement area.

Eligible parties had until Oct. 3 to opt out of being part of the settlement group if they wanted to file their own individual lawsuit. That deadline has passed, and some property owners have opted out. Anyone who wants to file a claim due to property ownership for their share of damages in the $17 million class action settlement must get the paperwork filed before the deadline on Friday, Oct. 22.

The court ruling sets no deadline for filing times for medical damages related to exposure to the chemicals if a private well provided their drinking water.

The settlement provides payments to resolve claims for damages due to exposure to PFAS, even if the affected parties do not have proof of an injury, as well as payments to resolve claims for personal injuries.

Those who lived or owned property in the designated area during the years covered may file up to three claims: a property ownership Claim, an exposure claim, and a personal injury claim.

The amount each receives will depend on whether they own the property now or owned it in the past, the amount of PFAS in the property's well, and the total number of claims filed.

Payments for exposure are expected to range from $1,000 to $6,500, while payments for property ownership claims range from $4,000 to $65,000.

More information can be found on the firefightingfoam.com website, including charts showing the anticipated settlement amounts.

Amounts to be paid for personal injury claims, which are separate from Class claims, will depend on the number of such claims that are made and the types of injuries suffered and cannot be determined until all claims have been received.

However, attorneys involved in the class action suit have estimated that each person who files an eligible personal injury claim will receive a minimum of $50,000.

Anyone who, between Jan. 1, 1965, and Dec. 31, 2020, resided in or owned a property with a private well drinking-water source within the area bounded on the north by University Drive, on the south by Heath Lane, on the west by Roosevelt Road, and on the east by the Bay of Green Bay, all in the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, for at least one year is eligible, and the chart listing exposure for current or former residents without known injuries shows amounts that may be awarded for each individual residing in the affected household during the years covered. Those payments may range from $1,000 each to $6,500 each.

More information is available on the web at firefightingfoamsettlement.com or https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit.

PFAS are manmade chemicals containing carbon, fluorine, and additional chemicals and are known to have impact on human health.


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