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Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit

Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit

The United States Government has set aside a fund in excess of 6.7 Billion dollars to compensate Camp Lejeune victims who have suffered from one or more of the following serious medical conditions:

  • Kidney Cancer

  • Leukemia

  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Multiple Myeloma

  • Infertility in Women

Contact us now to see if you qualify for compensation. We have an experienced legal team who will fight aggressively to get you the justice you deserve.

What are the Camp Lejeune Lawsuits?

For over 30 years, more than 1 million veterans, families, and civilian workers living at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina became exposed to water contaminated by industrial waste, pesticides, solvents, and other toxins. The US government knew about it and did nothing. As a result of bathing in, cooking with, or drinking the water, many people suffered or died due to diseases, defects, miscarriages, and more. 


Decades later, the US government finally set aside billions in settlement money for those who lived at Camp Lejeune for longer than 30 days between 1953 and 1987. Today, many people have filed Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits; veterans, families, and spouses may file for themselves or on behalf of a deceased loved one to seek compensation for the death, disease, or injury they suffered. Mostyn Law is committed to helping Camp Lejeune victims and survivors, and we are ready to help you learn more about qualifying your case.

Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit

At Mostyn Law, we have fought diligently for every client who suffered from a wrongful injury or death. Part of our passion is to ensure that veterans receive full compensation under the law for any damages they suffered due to negligence during their time serving our country. Our deep knowledge of the Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits enables us to play a pivotal role in fighting for veterans’ rights. We do everything we can to help them pursue what they are rightfully owed in light of Camp Lejeune’s catastrophic toxic water.

What are the diseases, neurobehavioral effects, and other complications caused by Camp Lejeune’s toxic water?

Cancers

There are more than a dozen forms of cancer that Camp Lejeune’s toxic water directly caused, and some of the symptoms could have taken years before becoming noticeable. These include:

  • Bladder carcinoma (bladder cancer)

  • Brain tumors (brain cancer)

  • Breast cancer

  • Cervical cancer

  • Colorectal cancer (colon cancer)

  • Kidney cancer

  • Leukemia (blood cancer)

  • Hepatic cancer (liver cancer)

  • Lung cancer

  • Multiple myeloma (Kahler’s disease)

  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS, preleukemia)

  • Neurobehavioral cancer

  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL)

  • Prostatic carcinoma (prostate cancer)

  • Sarcoma (soft tissue cancer)

  • Thyroid cancer
     

Neurobehavioral effects

The toxic effects of hazardous water can have devastating neurological effects, including neurodegenerative diseases, kidney or liver diseases, and other severe medical conditions, such as:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Aplastic anemia

  • End-stage renal disease

  • Hepatic steatosis (fatty liver disease)

  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease)

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Renal toxicity (kidney failure)
     

Pregnancy complications

For those who may be carrying an unborn child, toxic water can lead to potentially fatal pregnancy complications, including:

  • Birth defects (including heart, neural, and down syndrome)

  • Congenital heart disease (CHD, cardiac defects)

  • Miscarriage

  • Infertility
     

Camp Lejeune Lawsuit FAQs

  • How do you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit?
    Contact Mostyn Law and we will help you get the money you deserve for your Camp Lejeune injury by walking you through each step of the legal process. We start by gathering your service, employment, and medical records so we can verify your case, and then we’ll proceed with submitting the documentation required by the Navy’s legal division.
  • Is Camp Geiger part of the Camp Lejeune contamination?
    No. While Camp Geiger is a small base within the surrounding Camp Lejeune marine base, the water at Camp Geiger was not contaminated. However, if you encountered the toxic water from Camp Lejeune during your residency at Camp Geiger, you may still be entitled to financial compensation.
  • How do you qualify for a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit?
    Even if your deceased loved one died from a terminal disease or condition, and you didn’t make the connection to the Camp Lejeune water contamination until years later, there is still a chance you may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit. If you worked or lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and wish to file a lawsuit for death or injury, contact Mostyn Law for assistance. Once we verify your case and all documentation, we will walk you through the claim process every step of the way and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit Updates

Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit Updates

Federal judges appoint the Camp Lejeune plaintiff leadership team, and Millberg is accused of robocalls

July 2023

 

Reuters reports that four judges from the Eastern District of North Carolina have appointed a seven-member leadership team of attorneys to represent plaintiffs in the pending Camp Lejeune litigation cases. The team includes lead attorney J. Edward Bell III (Bell Legal Group) and co-lead counsel Mona Lisa Wallace (Wallace & Graham). Together, the select attorneys will manage settlement talks, create discovery plans, select bellwether trials, and communicate all developments to the public regarding more than 1,100 ongoing Camp Lejeune cases and counting.


Bloomberg reports that a newly-proposed federal class action lawsuit accuses Millberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman LLC of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The suit alleges that Millberg made robocalls, or scam calls, “soliciting participation in Camp Lejeune toxic-water lawsuits.” Millberg has been accused of texting and calling numbers on the national Do Not Call registry, calling without self-identification, and using an artificial or pre-recorded voice—all within direct violation of the TCPA.

Department of Justice calls on federal judges to expedite consolidation of Camp Lejeune lawsuits

June 2023

 

Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has urged federal judges to speed up the consolidation process for a growing number of Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits. Four judges overseeing the cases in the Eastern District of North Carolina face a looming deadline to individually file replies in over 600 separate lawsuits out of nearly 1,000 total that have been filed. Under the 2022 Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, affected parties can seek compensation directly through the Navy and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Zero settlements have been reached to date. Consolidating the lawsuits would significantly expedite the settlement process.

Parkinson’s risk is 70% higher for afflicted Camp Lejeune veterans, and legal inaction draws bipartisan criticism

May 2023

 

CNN reports that the risk of Parkinson’s disease is 70% higher for Camp Lejeune marines than those stationed elsewhere. For over thirty years, thousands of veterans, families, and workers were exposed to the station’s toxic water supply. The water was found to contain high trichloroethylene (TCE) levels and other dangerous chemicals. As a result, drinking, cooking with, or bathing in Camp Lejeune’s water between 1953-1987 has been linked to chronic degenerative brain disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease), cancers, and other serious illnesses.

 

Bloomberg reports that a group of bipartisan lawmakers has issued a demand on the Navy regarding the Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits. The open letter asks why the Navy has been slow to resolve "few if any cases" of the Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits in the nine months since President Biden passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Amendment. Even though over 900 cases have been filed, thousands more are projected to be filed before the June 9, 2023, deadline.

Camp Lejeune cases see new district court motions and newly proposed Camp Lejeune Justice Act Amendment

April 2023

 

On April 24, four district court judges in North Carolina issued two motions for the Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits. The group of judges established a master docket to consolidate the active cases to be overseen by a single judge. The court also opened applications to attorneys interested in serving on the Plaintiff’s Leadership Counsel or Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for this significant mass tort trial. 


A newly proposed bill on Capitol Hill entitled “Protect Access to Justice for Veterans Act of 2023” would amend the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA) to cap attorney fees at 20% for administrative settlements and 33% for Camp Lejeune litigation cases.

Scammers capitalize on Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuits

January 2023

 

If you have been researching about filing a Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit, you may already have been spotted by advertisers and placed on a dedicated calling list. And if you have an active Camp Lejeune claim, scammers are likely to try to con you by pretending to be a lawyer seeking payment.

 

You will know they are a scammer if they ask you to pay a bill or a filing fee because genuine law firms would never do this. Real lawyers get paid only if you, the client, get paid via a settlement. 

 

If a scammer contacts you asking for money, do not give them any personal information and end the call immediately.  Call our experienced team of lawyers for proper representation. You can reach Mostyn Law at (713) 714-0000 or 800-400-4000.

The Navy estimates 15,000 Camp Lejeune claims

December 2022

 

The Department of the Navy’s legal division (JAG) is processing 15,000 Camp Lejeune claims filed, and expects that number to grow sharply. But until the division makes an online portal, anyone who wants to file a new Camp Lejeune claim must do so by emailing JAG. And even though documentation is not currently required, it will likely become necessary in the coming months. 

 

Of the 15,000 claims filed, the Navy has responded to none of them. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act states that if the Navy does not settle your case within six months of your administrative claim, you can file a lawsuit in federal court. But the final federal deadline to file lawsuits is August 11, 2024 - two years after the Camp Lejeune Act passed. 

JAG doesn’t require documentation to file - yet

October 2022

 

For now, you do not have to provide proof of your military personnel or federal employment records to file a Camp Lejeune claim, the Judge Advocate General (JAG) announced. However, you may have to submit that evidence down the line once the online portal launches. 

 

Facing thousands of filings and record requests, JAG and the National Personnel Records Center will use the portal to verify military connections at scale. If you have already filed an administrative claim, JAG will decide if you need to submit the proper documents on a case-by-case basis at a future date. 

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act becomes a law

August 2022

 

Veterans and their families can proceed with civil claims and federal lawsuits after President Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law. Under the new law, up to one million affected people may sue for a financial settlement. 

Even if the courts previously dismissed it, the CLJA allows you to resubmit your Camp Lejeune legacy case from years ago. However, you must re-file your legacy case before proceeding with a civil claim or federal suit.

Full Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Timeline

Full Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Timeline

1942: The Camp Lejeune military base opens

 

Following the US Congress approving its launch in April 1941, the Camp Lejeune military base opened after principal construction was completed in the fall of 1942. After a few more years of additional construction, the camp would become a full-fledged community by 1945, with roads, schools, and more.

 

Camp Lejeune received its name in honor of Major General John Lejeune, 13th Commandant and Commanding General in the army during WWI, who died the year the camp was completed. Lejeune was an innovative figure for his contributions to amphibious assault in the US military.

1953: Contamination begins at Camp Lejeune

 

A nearby, off-base dry cleaner opened in 1953 called ABC One-Hour Cleaners. The business promptly began dumping waste on the base, choosing to unload across the street from Tarawa Terrace. Additionally, the septic tank on-site at the dry cleaner facility leaked into the soil. By August 1953, the water sources became compromised, and the Camp Lejeune contamination timeline had begun. 

1972: The Holcomb Boulevard water system opens

 

The Holcomb Boulevard water system started in 1972 and replaced the Hadnot Point water system. Eventually, the Holcomb facility began mixing its water with the contaminated water from the Hadnot Point water system. As a result, residents of Berkeley Manor, Midway Park, and Paradise Point may have encountered the dangerous water around this time.

1985: Shutdowns begin at Camp Lejeune

 

By February 1985, the military had found the most hazardous water wells (10 out of the 12 on the base) and shut them down. The water was 200-3000 times over the amount of toxins that would be considered generally safe—beyond toxic. Scientists also discovered maximum levels of PCE at Tarawa Terrace, and supply plants began to close. It wasn’t until 1987 that the water was deemed safe.

2012: The Camp Lejeune Families Act passes

 

In 2012, President Obama signed the Camp Lejeune Families Act. The law provides free healthcare benefits to veterans through the VA and reimburses health care costs for family members. Coverage includes aplastic anemia, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Parkinson’s disease.

2022: The Camp Lejeune Justice Act becomes law

 

Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act in August 2022, about two months after the bill passed in the US Senate, with enthusiastic support from both parties. The law allows former residents, veterans, civilians, and their families to file civil claims and federal lawsuits for settlement money.

Were you or a loved one stationed, living, or working at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina for 30 days or more between 1953 and 1987?

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