July 6, 2009
July 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- LAWSUIT TO BE FILED REGARDING CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION
The law offices of Anderson Pangia & Associates, PLLC (offices in Washington, D.C. and Winston Salem, North Carolina) and Smorto, Persio, Webb & McGill (of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania), will file on Monday July 6 a lawsuit arising from the toxic drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune. The lawsuit alleges that the United States Government, through agents within the Department of Defense, knowingly exposed hundreds of thousands of Marines, sailors, their family members, and civilian employees to highly contaminated drinking water on the base at Camp Lejeune, while at the same time actively disseminating disinformation to those exposed in an effort to minimize the significance of the exposure.
The complaint, to be filed in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, attaches numerous documentary exhibits in support of its allegations that the government knowingly, recklessly and/or negligently violated its own standards, rules and regulations by permitting the exposure to continue after the government was specifically warned the drinking water was "highly contaminated with . . . solvents!" and advised that "these appear to be at high levels and hence more important from a health standpoint. . . " The lawsuit will allege that the Department of the Navy had regulations in place as early as 1963 which prohibited the contamination and which would have averted it had those regulations been obeyed; subsequently in 1974 the Commanding General of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina put in place additional regulations governing the proper disposal of the very same chemicals which were discovered later to be contaminating the drinking water; had these regulations been obeyed, the contamination likewise would have been prevented. This same 1974 base order declared these "organic solvents" to be hazardous, the lawsuit states.
Many scientists have called the drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune the worst in the nation's history. The contaminated drinking water was consumed by an estimated one million people.
The lawsuit will allege that exposure to the toxins caused numerous health problems including cancers, reproductive disorders and birth defects, among other maladies.
Joseph Anderson, Michael Pangia and Kevin Persio, the lawyers responsible for filing the suit, will answer questions of the media at a press conference to be held in front of the North Carolina State Capitol building, 1 East Edenton St. Raleigh, NC 27601 at 1:30 p.m. on Monday July 6, 2009. Call (336) 414-7958 for more information.
April 7, 2008
Anderson Pangia is pleased to announce substantial progress on the early Lejeune test cases, with initial lawsuits to be filed soon. Full update to follow.
January 28, 2008
Anderson Pangia & Associates, together with liason counsel Kevin Persio, continues to aggressively prosecute cases on behalf of those injured as a result of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. However, due to limited resources and the need to focus on cases best positioned to test the legal and scientific issues in the litigation, please note that NEITHER ANDERSON, PANGIA NOR MR. PERSIO ARE ACCEPTING NEW CAMP LEJEUNE CASES AT THIS TIME. Please check this website periodically as this status may change. Thank you for your patience.
August 1, 2007 - Dole Introduces Bill to Protect Against TCE Water Contamination
Washington, D.C. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, along with four of her colleagues, today introduced legislation to help protect our most susceptible populations, such as pregnant women, infants and children, against the negative health impacts of drinking water contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical commonly used in degreasing agents, paint and spot removers and adhesives. According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), TCE is the most widespread water contaminant in the nation and can be found in soil and groundwater in every state. Drinking water from Camp Lejeune wells, which were closed between 1985 and 1987, was contaminated with TCE, among other chemicals.
"Drinking water contaminated with TCE can lead to serious health problems and even terminal illness for those exposed, particularly babies in utero, infants and children," said Dole. "We can and must take the necessary steps to protect people and avoid senseless tragedies."
Dole's legislation would require the EPA to establish a health advisory for TCE and a National Primary Drinking Water Regulation, which is a legally enforceable public water system standard, to limit TCE levels. The bill also would require EPA to prepare an Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) inhalation reference concentration (RfC) for TCE vapor exposure. IRIS is an electronic database containing information on human health effects that may result from exposure to various chemicals in the environment, and an RfC would provide an estimate of how much TCE vapor exposure would create an appreciable risk for harmful effects.
At Camp Lejeune, government estimates show that over three decades, as many as 1 million people living and working at the base may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has found that babies exposed in utero to the drinking water developed leukemia and other cancers, as well as birth defects, such as spina bifida and cleft palate.
As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Dole has fought to help bring forward the facts about the Camp Lejeune water contamination and to expedite the notification of potential victims. Dole included a provision in last year‚s defense authorization bill that called for a National Academies of Science study of the health impacts of TCE in the drinking water and homes at Camp Lejeune.
Earlier this month, Dole filed an amendment to the defense authorization bill for fiscal year 2008 that would require the Secretary of the Navy to identify and directly notify former and retired Marines, their families and civilian employees who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune from 1958-1987 of their possible exposure to contaminated drinking water.
July 16, 2007 Update
Anderson Pangia & Associates, PLLC opened their new camp Lejeune support office one week ahead of schedule. This new support office will be located in downtown Greensboro located in the US Trust Building at 301 North Green Street. A new administrative assistant will join the Lejeune team to offer additional support to the growing number of clients.
AP Team Attends Hearings on Capital Hill
On June 12, 2007, the AP litigation team attended hearings held by the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. AP attorneys met with Congressesman and witnesses concerning additional details concerning Camp Lejeune.
VA AND SOCIAL SECURITY ISSUES BEING ADDRESSED
The team, with the help of numerous volunteers across the state, will soon be providing referrals for military personal to have any prospective VA or Social Security Claims reviewed by a network of specialists.
NOTE TO NEW POTENTIAL CAMP LEJEUNE CLIENTS
Our opinion is that, in absence of Congressional action, Marines are barred by the Feres doctrine from bringing claims arising from the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. Our firms are representing only dependents, i.e., wives and children of Marines who lived at the base, were exposed to the toxic water and sustained their own injuries. Due to the extremely high volume of emails and calls, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT US REGARDING POTENTIAL CLAIMS FOR INJURED MARINES AS WE CANNOT ACCEPT THESE CASES AT THIS TIME. (Please understand we disagree with this aspect of the law and would like to see it changed.)
If you are a dependent of a Marine injured by exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune you may contact us at 1 800 735-4062 extension 5 or by using the Contact Us link on this website.