$50,005,000 Verdict Involving Predatory Lending

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January 15, 2008

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Staff

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Fraud | Landmark Verdict

August, 1994 – This case involved a nationwide scheme dealing with a bogus car loan. In this scheme, the car dealer would agree to sell the car to the consumer for a certain high price and then arrange the financing for the consumer. The car dealer would include an extra amount in the price and amount financed so that the customer was paying more for it than the car was worth. He was also paying interest on this amount. When the finance company gave the money to the car dealer for the car, it didn't give the full purchase price to them. Instead, it held back a substantial amount. The practical effect was that the consumer paid much more for the vehicle than it was really worth. The jury found this was fraudulent activity and sent them a message to stop them. After the case was settled, the company was caught "cooking the books" and later went out of business.

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PFC contamination public health advisory validates Centre lawsuit

posted on:
May 25, 2017

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Staff

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Environmental

Public Health Advisory issued for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) levels in Town of Centre water supply, validates lawsuit for compensation

This week, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) issued a public health advisory for the Town of Centre Water Works and Sewer Board stating in part, “The health department, in coordination with ADEM [Alabama Department of Environmental Management], continues monitoring the situation and providing information regarding the EPA health advisory and recent reported levels.” The State Toxicologist has reminded affected consumers that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advisory suggests that sensitive populations such as pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, formula-fed infants served by the identified water system consider using alternate sources of drinking water.

The public health advisory validates a lawsuit filed by the Water Works and Sewer Board of the Town of Centre this month against carpet and textile companies, manufacturers and chemical suppliers of PFCs, holding them responsible for polluting the city’s water supply. The lawsuit alleges the defendants are responsible for putting PFOS and PFOA into the raw water supply upstream of Centre Water’s intake site, in or near the City of Dalton, Georgia. Beasley Allen lawyers Jere Beasley, Rhon Jones and Rick Stratton, together with Roger H. Bedford of Roger Bedford & Associates in Russellville, Alabama, are representing the Town of Centre.

“Safe drinking water is of vital importance to every community,” Jones said. “The Town of Centre has already undertaken expenses that it shouldn’t have to bear in order to try and clean up these PFCs. The Town will also continue to face the challenge or monitoring, blending and ultimately filtering the water as a result of the pollution resulting from these chemicals being dumped in its water supply.”

Jones also said, “The Water Works and Sewer Board of the Town of Centre is taking the appropriate actions to insure the safety of the water in its system.”

The complaint has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cherokee County, Alabama.

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Second Xarelto bellwether trial to begin next week

posted on:
May 25, 2017

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Joseph VanZandt

Joseph VanZandtjpg Second Xarelto bellwether trial to begin next weekThe second bellwether trial involving bleeding risks with the blood thinner Xarelto is slated to begin Tuesday following the Memorial Day holiday. The trial is part of the multidistrict litigation (MDL) pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District for Louisiana before Judge Eldon Fallon.

The Jere Beasley Report explains that Xarelto is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) initially approved in 2011 to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) following knee and hip replacement surgery. It was later approved to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (A-fib) and for treatment of DVT and PE. Xarelto carries a significant risk of severe, uncontrolled internal bleeding and has been linked to bleeding-related deaths.

The second trial involves Joseph Orr, Jr., a Louisiana resident, who filed suit on behalf of his deceased wife, Sharyn Orr. Mrs. Orr suffered a fatal brain bleed while taking Xarelto. She was 67 years old at the time of her death and had been taking the drug to treat A-fib for just over a year when she suddenly become severely ill.

Mrs. Orr was transported to the hospital where a CT scan of her head revealed she was suffering from an extensive, acute hemorrhage in her brain and a hemorrhagic stroke. Although she needed a surgery, she was not stable enough until the next day when Xarelto had the chance to clear her system. Unfortunately, the procedure came too late and Mrs. Orr’s neurologic condition continued to worsen until May 4, 2015, when she passed away.

German drug manufacturer Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals developed and marketed Xarelto as a blood thinner that does not require coagulation monitoring, the Plaintiffs assert. They argue that the Defendants failed to develop a monitoring test specific to Xarelto and failed to instruct doctors on how to use currently available tests to measure Xarelto’s anticoagulant effect on patients’ blood. Such monitoring would allow doctors to assess whether patients benefited from the use or were at risk of severe internal bleeding.

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Lawyers in Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts Section continue to investigate injuries suffered by patients who took Xarelto. Injuries include gastrointestinal, rectal and brain bleeds, and deaths caused by major bleeding events. If you would like more information, contact Joseph VanZandt, a lawyer in the Mass Torts Section. You can reach him at 800-898-2034 or by email at Joseph.Vanzandt@beasleyallen.com.

Source: Jere Beasley Report (April 2017)

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Ted Meadows named to 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

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May 23, 2017

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Staff

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Community

ted meadows Ted Meadows named to 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaBeasley Allen lawyer Ted G. Meadows has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. This annual list represents “the most elite distinction in the profession, covering the best of the best in all practice areas.” Speaking about this year’s honorees, Lawdragon notes that Plaintiffs lawyers represent the “plight of individuals who feel powerless and abandoned. Plaintiff lawyers are a powerful army for the injured, and we are proud of their representation on this year’s 500, as every year.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Lawdragon 500,” said Meadows. “However, the truth is that I wouldn’t be singled out in this way without the help of great lawyers from around the country and the full support of my law partners and staff at Beasley Allen as we’ve litigated talc cases over the past couple of years. With this recognition comes the opportunity to make the public aware of the danger of genital talc use – this is a priority of the ovarian cancer victims we represent.”

Ted is currently leading the charge in cases where talcum powder caused ovarian cancer. He helped lead the trial team that secured a $72 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson on Feb. 22, 2016. A jury in The City of St. Louis Circuit Court found Johnson & Johnson liable for injuries and death resulting from the use of its talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded the family of Plaintiff Jacqueline Fox $72 million after agreeing the products contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer. The verdict includes $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. The jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for failure to warn, negligence and conspiracy. Fox passed away in Oct. 2015 at age 62. This verdict resulted in the Fox trial team being a finalist for the 2016 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year.

One month later, Ted returned to the courtroom where he helped lead another trial team to a $55 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson for injuries resulting from the use of Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Five months later, Ted returned to the courtroom where he helped lead another trial team to a $70 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America for injuries resulting from the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded Deborah Giannecchini $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $67.5 million in punitive damages.

Six months later, Ted returned to the courtroom and helped lead a trial team to a $110 million jury verdict against the same companies. The jury awarded Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages.

Ted continues to fight on behalf of thousands of women who have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, blaming the company for their ovarian cancer linked to use of talcum powder products.

The Lawdragon 500 guides are selected from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff; submissions from law firms; and an online nomination form that allows visitors to our site to recommend and comment on their favorite lawyers.

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TeamHealth Holding’s Whistleblower Case Settlement Returns $131K to NC Medicaid

posted on:
May 23, 2017

author:
Lance Gould

category:
Fraud

lance gould2 TeamHealth Holding’s Whistleblower Case Settlement Returns $131K to NC MedicaidA whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit against TeamHealth Holdings, successor in interest to IPC Healthcare, has led to a recovery of more than $131,000 for the state of North Carolina, Attorney General Josh Stein announced May 16.

North Carolina’s settlement is part of a $60 million deal reached between TeamHealth Holdings and the federal government in February resolving allegations that the hospital staffing firm overcharged federal and state health care programs for the services it performed.

“People who defraud Medicare and Medicaid are stealing your hard-earned taxpayer dollars,” Attorney General Stein said in a statement. “I will do everything in my power to protect the taxpayer from fraud and abuse of these and other programs.”

TeamHealth acquired IPC Healthcare in November 2015, affirming at the time IPC’s liabilities would be part of the $1.6 billion acquisition.

Dr. Bijan Oughatiyan, a physician formerly employed by IPC as a hospitalist, filed the original lawsuit under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows private parties to sue on behalf of the federal government in cases of suspected fraud. Federal prosecutors investigated Dr. Oughatiyan’s claims and chose to back the case.

The lawsuit contended that IPC knowingly and systematically encouraged false billings by its hospitalists, medical professionals specializing in the medical care of hospitalized patients.

The complaint also alleged that IPC encouraged its hospitalists to bill for a higher level of service than it actually provided. IPC’s scheme to improperly maximize billings allegedly included corporate pressure on hospitalists with lower billing levels to “catch up” to their peers, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

North Carolina’s portion of the settlement covers Medicaid program funds affected by IPC’s alleged wrongdoing.

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Are you aware of fraud being committed against the federal government, or a state government? If so, the FCA can protect and reward you for doing the right thing by reporting the fraud. If you have any questions about whether you qualify as a whistleblower, please contact an attorney at Beasley Allen for a free and confidential evaluation of your claim. There is a contact form on this website, or you may email one of the lawyers on our whistleblower litigation team: Archie Grubb, Larry Golston, Lance Gould or Andrew Brashier.

Sources:
Righting Injustice
U.S. Department of Justice

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Imported tires pose a threat to consumer safety

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May 19, 2017

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Staff

ben baker 1 Imported tires pose a threat to consumer safety Though a February vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determined the nation’s domestic truck and bus tire industry has not suffered material injury due to Chinese imports, consumers are being harmed. Design defects in tires imported from foreign countries, particularly China, are injuring American drivers.

As more and more of the products we buy, including tires, are being made in China and other foreign countries, the “importers” role is becoming more critical. In too many instances, importers are not taking the appropriate steps to assure that foreign makers’ tires are safe – despite the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standards requiring them to do so – with life-altering or life-ending consequences. For example, Beasley Allen has handled several cases involving Chinese tire manufacturers, including an ongoing wrongful death action against a defective heavy truck tire.

Under federal law, importers must take steps to assure that the tires they import are free of defects. Good manufacturing processes require importers to conduct on-site inspection(s) of a foreign tire maker’s facilities to assure that adequate testing, manufacturing, quality control and other measures are in place.

Quite simply, once foreign tires are imported into the U.S., importers should perform random sampling, testing and inspection before they distribute and/or sell the tires to American consumers. But that rarely seems to be the reality.

In one of our recent cases, we learned that, while a company was importing more than 400,000 tires a month, it was doing nothing to insure that the Chinese tires it imported, sold and profited from were safe. The importer never inspected the manufacturing plant, never observed any tire testing and never checked to see if the Chinese manufacturer employed any quality control measures for its tires and plants. The importer also never performed one post-import inspection, test and/or took any other step relative to one single tire it sold – despite the federal requirements to do so.

This conduct is particularly troubling when you consider how important tires are to our safety. For many of us, vehicles are our main form of transportation to and from work, school and the grocery store, meaning daily life hinges on vehicles working properly and being safe. Companies that import tires – or any product for that matter – should be held accountable when they do nothing to insure their products are safe for American consumers.

Our lawyers have handled numerous claims against both tire manufacturers and importers of defective Chinese tires that demonstrate the high costs when companies fail to value consumer safety over profit.

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Ben Baker, a lawyer in our Personal Injury / Products Liability Section, is experienced in handling claims involving tire failure. For more information, contact him at Ben.Baker@beasleyallen.com or call 800-898-2034. Ben also recently wrote a book, Tire Litigation: A Primer, which is available free to lawyers. To order your copy or download a digital copy, visit benbaker-law.com/book.

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Four major automakers settle Takata airbag MDL claims

posted on:
May 18, 2017

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Staff

category:
Fraud

gm recall takata air bag failures 250x140 Four major automakers settle Takata airbag MDL claimsFour major automakers have agreed to a pay a combined $553.6 million to settle allegations pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding exploding Takata airbags. The settlement includes Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW. Beasley Allen lawyers W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III, who is head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud section, Archie Grubb and Clay Barnett were part of the MDL discovery team in this litigation.

“This is a terrific settlement by these four auto manufacturers to accept responsibility for the defective airbags installed in their automobiles and rectify the problems consumers have been forced to deal with over the years,” Miles said. “We look forward to pressing forward on the cases with the remaining defendants.”

The settlement breaks down as follows: BMW will pay $131 million, Subaru will pay $68.3 million, Mazda will pay $75.8 million and Toyota will hold the largest chunk of the settlement, at $278.5 million.

At issue are defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation, which makes a variety of auto parts for various automobile manufacturers. The airbags use a highly sensitive ammonium nitrate compound in the inflator mechanisms. Over time, the chemical compound can become compromised by humidity, making it hypersensitive and prone to deploy the airbag with lethal force.

Defective Takata airbags have spurred recalls of 100 million vehicles worldwide. The airbags have been linked to 17 deaths globally, including 11 in the U.S., and more than 180 injuries. Takata airbags prompted the largest auto recall in U.S. history, encompassing about 70 million individual airbag units in 42 million vehicles made by 19 different auto manufacturers.

The settlement is intended to provide compensation for plaintiffs in class action litigation seeking compensation for monetary losses resulting from the massive recall, also to establish a customer support program for affected vehicle owners, and to provide them an extended warranty.

The case is In re: Takata Airbag Products Liability Litigation, case number 1:15-md-02599, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

For more information about the Takata airbag recall, visit Beasley Allen’s YouTube page.

Source: Law360

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Zofran maker GlaxoSmithKline still on hook for fraud claims

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May 18, 2017

author:
Liz Eiland

liz eiland Zofran maker GlaxoSmithKline still on hook for fraud claims GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will not be allowed to sidestep its accountability for failing to warn pregnant women and their doctors about the dangers of Zofran when used to treat morning sickness, according to the Jere Beasley Report. U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV will allow claims about the drug’s labeling to move forward in the multidistrict litigation (MDL). He determined that plaintiffs adequately pleaded their claims that information about Zofran’s teratogenic effects that has been included in its prescribing information since 1993 misrepresented its safety during pregnancy.

Righting Injustice explained that the MDL was created in November 2015 in the U.S. District for the District of Massachusetts. It was in response the growing number of lawsuits filed by women who took Zofran while pregnant then discovered the link between in utero exposure to the drug and devastating birth defects such as congenital heart problems and cleft palate. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation reports that 385 fraud-based claims involving prenatal use of Zofran are part of the MDL.

Previously, Beasley Allen reported that GSK’s alleged deceptive marketing practices regarding Zofran significantly expanded its market. Consumers say such practices began in 2002 when Zofran sales netted the GSK more than $1 billion. The scheme allegedly continued for two years, despite the lack of studies to determine the drug’s safety for pregnant women and developing fetuses.

According to the Jere Beasley Report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zofran, which contains ondansetron, in 1991 to treat nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients. While the agency forbids pharmaceutical companies from promoting their medications for off-label uses, doctors are free to prescribe drugs for uses outside of the labeled indications.

To date, the FDA has received more than 500 reports linking in utero use of Zofran to birth defects. In July 2012, GSK agreed to plead guilty and pay $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil liabilities stemming from its illegal promotion of Zofran and other drugs following a federal governmental investigation.

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Lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section continue to investigate cases involving children born with a heart defect or cleft palate after in utero exposure to Zofran. If you would like more information about this litigation, or if you or someone you know has had a family member who suffered from a congenital heart defect or cleft palate as a result of prenatal Zofran exposure, contact Roger Smith or Liz Eiland, lawyers in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Roger.Smith@beasleyallen.com or Liz.Eiland@beasleyallen.com.

Sources:
Jere Beasley Report (May 2017)
Righting Injustice
U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
Beasley Allen
Jere Beasley Report (March 2016)

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Beasley Allen lawyer appointed co-lead counsel in Banner Life Insurance class action

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May 17, 2017

author:
Staff

category:
Fraud

Beasley Allen lawyer W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III, head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud section, was appointed co-lead counsel in class action litigation involving Banner Life Insurance Company, together with attorney George W. Walker, III. The case is filed in federal court in the District of Maryland. The Hon. Richard D. Bennett, United States District Judge, who is overseeing the litigation, also granted the Plaintiffs’ discovery order.

The lawsuit alleges Banner Life Insurance Company is implementing unfounded cost of insurance increases. The complaint alleges Banner implemented this scheme ultimately to benefit shareholders and rid Banner of near-term liabilities it has accrued due to its wrongful use of captive reinsurance companies.

“This is a very important case and we are honored to have been named co-lead counsel,” Miles said. “We look forward to getting the discovery and moving this case toward class certification.”

The scheme involved Banner Life and its parent corporations, Legal and General America, Inc. (LGA) and Legal and General Group PLC (L&G), and misdirected funds set aside to pay policyholders’ death claims into wholly owned captive reinsurance companies. This created a false surplus on the balance sheet and allowed L&G to pay stockholders more than $800 million in dividends.

In 2015, in order to find new cash with which to fund future dividends, and delay the inevitable financial disaster that could occur because of its near-term liabilities, Banner Life sent a letter to policyholders informing them that dramatic cost of insurance increases would be necessary. They justified the increase by saying the company “did not adequately account for future experience,” i.e. the number and timing of death claims, how long people would keep their policies, how well the company’s investments would perform, and the cost to administer policies.

As a result of its fraudulent activities, Banner Life policies did not perform adequately or build cash value, but were instead being eroded. Eventually, policyholders were forced to forfeit their policies or allow their cash value to be taken in order to offset damages. Banner Life in effect raided the policies of the accumulated investor savings.

Banner Life investors and Class Members are seeing relief under breach of contract, unjust enrichment, conversion and fraud theories.

Lawyers at Beasley Allen also are filing complaints against other companies alleging similar wrongful activity. If you have seen this practice by any life insurance company, there may be a claim that our firm would be willing to investigate. You can contact Andrew Brashier or Rachel Boyd, lawyers in our Consumer Fraud and Commercial Litigation Section, at Andrew.Brashier@beasleyallen.com or Rachel.Boyd@beasleyallen.com, or call us at 800-898-2034 to discuss further.

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Jere Beasley named to Lawdragon Hall of Fame

posted on:
May 15, 2017

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Staff

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Community

jere beasley 300x168 Jere Beasley named to Lawdragon Hall of FameJere L. Beasley, Principal & Founder of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Ports & Miles, P.C., has been named to the Lawdragon Hall of Fame. He is among 45 top lawyers in the nation who were selected for this honor. The Lawdragon Hall of Fame “celebrates lawyers whose mark on the legal profession is indelible.”

“It is quite an honor to be recognized in this manner, realizing there are hundreds of lawyers who are more deserving,” Jere said. “God has blessed me, and I have tried my best as a lawyer to bless others. I am proud and also humbled to be a trial lawyer.”

Jere established a one-lawyer firm that officially opened on Jan. 15, 1979, and he filed his first case on behalf of the practice on Jan. 17, 1979. Today, Beasley Allen is one of the country’s leading firms involved in civil litigation on behalf of claimants, having represented hundreds of thousands of people. In January, the firm opened an office in Atlanta, Georgia, its first expansion outside of its home headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama.

The driving force behind Jere’s success has been his intense commitment to his clients. He is, without a doubt, one of the leading trial lawyers in the entire country and a leading advocate for those who have been wronged. Cases he has handled have prompted a major automobile manufacturer to recall its unsafe vehicles, while another made a major tractor manufacturer put rollover protection on all of its tractors. Still another prompted a major insurance company to seek out thousands of its policyholders who had been wronged in an effort to correct their policies.

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Water Works and Sewer Board of Town of Centre files PFC contamination lawsuit

posted on:
May 15, 2017

author:
Staff

category:
Environmental

The Water Works and Sewer Board of the Town of Centre, Alabama., has filed a lawsuit against carpet and textile companies, manufacturers and chemical suppliers of PFC’s, that it says are responsible for polluting the city’s water supply. The lawsuit alleges the defendants are responsible for putting perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA) into the raw water supply upstream of Centre Water’s intake site, in or near the City of Dalton, Georgia. Representing the Town of Centre are Beasley Allen lawyers Jere Beasley, Rhon Jones, Rick Stratton, Grant Cofer and Ryan Kral, together with Roger H. Bedford of Roger Bedford & Associates in Russellville, Alabama.

“PFC readings in Centre have been steadily rising above the EPA Lifetime Health Advisory of .07 ppb. This suit seeks to hold those responsible who have contributed to the PFC contamination of the Centre water source. Safe and clean drinking water is vitally important to Centre,” Jones said. “Dalton, Georgia, is known as ‘The Carpet Capital of the World’ and is home to many carpet and flooring manufacturers who use PFCs. The EPA has acknowledged that these carpet manufacturers are responsible for PFC concentrations in that area. We believe those PFCs have migrated downstream to contaminate the Centre water supply. The polluters must bear the expected multi-million dollar cost cleaning up and removing the PFCs from the water system. Some of the highest PFC test results in North America, if not the world, have been recorded near the discharge sites for these carpet manufacturers.”

In May 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new lifetime health exposure guidelines for PFOS and PFOA. After the EPA issued the new exposure limits, an advisory warning was provided to eight systems in Alabama. The EPA advisory focused on PFOA and PFOS, man-made chemical compounds that are used in the manufacture of non-stick, stain-resistant, and water-proofing coatings on fabric, cookware, firefighting foam, and a variety of other consumer products. Exposure to the chemicals over time, even in trace amounts, could promote serious health problems, the EPA warns.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) are working with the Water Works and Sewer Board of the Town of Centre to moniitor for PFOS and PFOA in the community’s water system.

The complaint has been filed in the Circuit Court of Cherokee County, Alabama.

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