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C8 lawyer given ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

Rob Bilott, a lawyer who has spent years fighting DuPont over water contamination, received the Right Livelihood Award for his work. Credit: Courtesy photo

CINCINNATI — “A lawyer who has spent years fighting DuPont Co. over the company’s toxic C8 pollution has been named among those to receive this year’s Right Livelihood Award, an international honor that is sometimes known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.’

Rob Bilott, an attorney for residents whose drinking water was poisoned by DuPont’s C8 emissions, was recognized “for exposing a decades-long history of chemical pollution, winning long-sought justice for the victims, and setting a precedent for effective regulation on hazardous substances.”

The Stockholm-based award committee said that Bilott had used ‘innovative litigation, scientific understanding, and extraordinary perseverance’ to achieve ‘one of the most significant victories for environmental law and corporate accountability of this century.’

…Bilott, a partner at the Cincinnati firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was a lead lawyer representing 70,000 residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley who sued DuPont over C8 contamination of their water. The case led to a landmark toxicological study of the chemical, providing a wealth of information about human health effects and the widespread nature of the contamination, and eventually, to another massive legal settlement aimed at compensating victims of the pollution.”

— Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette

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