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Contaminated Water/Groundwater

Hand Holding Glass Under Tap for Drinking Water

This class action concerns water and companies that supply it—American Water Works Company, Inc., Pennsylvania-American Water Company, and New Jersey American Water. The complaint says that, first, the companies do not disclose all the contaminants present in the water they supply. Second, it says that the plaintiff’s house was flooded with water and sediment from a negligent pipe flushing.

Recycled Boat Event in Blades, Delaware

A number of class actions in recent years have address the poisoning of water sources by PFOA and PFOS chemicals used in firefighting foam at military bases. This case is similar, except that the chemicals come from manufacturing sources. The town is Blades, Delaware, and the companies named as defendants are E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, the Chemours Company, the 3M Company, Procino Plating, Inc., and Blades Development, LLC.

Firefighters Using AFFF

This class action is one of several now pending concerning toxic firefighting chemicals that have found their way into community water supplies. In this case as in others, the defendants are the makers of the foam: 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products, LP, Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, Chemguard, Inc., and National Foam, Inc.

AFFF (Aqueous Film-Forming Foam or Aqueous Firefighting Foam)

This class action is one of at least three, in different parts of the country, against 3M and other companies for contamination of water with toxic chemicals. In this case, the complaint alleges that aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) and other materials leached into the ground and groundwater and from there moved into drinking water supplies. 

Display of Wolverine Footwear

This class action brings suit against Wolverine Worldwide, Inc., along with its chemical supplier, the 3M Company, and its waste disposal agent, Waste Management, Inc., for contamination of the air, ground, and water. Wolverine operated a tannery in Kent County, Michigan, and the complaint alleges its operations produced sludge and debris contaminated with chemicals that leaked into groundwater and poisoned lakes, rivers, beaches, and drinking water supplies. 

Aerial View of Fairchild Air Force Base

This Washington State class action is similar to another filed on the opposite side of the country, in Suffolk County, New York, Both concern contamination from a firefighting training site and cite some of the same defendants. The complaint for this class action alleges that chemicals from firefighting foam have contaminated the surface and ground water for nearby communities.

Hannibal, Missouri

The City of Hannibal and the Hannibal Board of Public Works have agreed to a settlement in a class action brought against them and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The two defendants have committed to a minimum of $5 million to improve water quality in the city, with a focus on reducing or replacing chloramination as a primary method of disinfecting water.

Brookhaven, Long Island

Has the water of communities in Suffolk County, New York been contaminated by aqueous firefighting foams (AFFF) to the point where drinking it puts citizens at risk for cancer and other health problems? This class action alleges that the water for Yaphank, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Shirley, and Brookhaven has been contaminated by chemicals used at a firefighting training facility that was declared a Class 2 Superfund Site in 2017. The complaint claims negligence, private nuisance, failure to warn, and product liability, among other things.

Water Tap

This settlement aims to resolve a number of different kinds of claims resulting from a contamination incident affecting over 200,000 residential and business customers of West Virginia-American Water Company.

Wood River Refinery

Shell and ConocoPhillips have reached separate settlements resolving a class action alleging that the companies contaminated groundwater for properties in an area of Roxana, Illinois. The contamination is alleged to have come from releases from the nearby Wood River Refinery.