Farrest Taylor with the Dothan office of The Cochran Firm was co-lead counsel for plantiffs involved in a lawsuit alleging settled recently in heavy metal contamination and exposure lawsuit against the DuPont.chemical company.
DuPont was the one-time owner of the zinc smelting plant in Spelter, West Virginia.
In 2007 a jury awarded members of the suit money for clean-up costs and punitive damages.
It also ordered DuPont to pay for a future medical monitoring program for class members.
The verdicts were appealed to the West Virginia Supreme Court which ordered a new trial in the litigation to take place on one issue: whether the class action lawsuit was filed within the applicable statute of limitations.
That trial is set to take place in Harrison County in early March of 2011.
On November 23, 2010, the attorneys for both sides announced a proposed settlement by which DuPont will pay the sum of 70 million dollars for clean-up costs, as well as other costs and expenses associated with the litigation.
In addition, DuPont under the proposed settlement agreed to provide periodic medical testing and medical check-ups to class members for a period of thirty (30) years so as to ensure that any effects from exposure are discovered and treated in a timely fashion.
Both parties expressed their satisfaction with the proposed settlement and urged all class members to review the details of the settlement in advance of the December 30th hearing by going to the above-referenced website.