Judge wants answers on DuPont’s C8 liability


CHARLESTON, WV — “It’s time to get to the bottom of how DuPont Co.’s spinoff of part of its holdings and its nearly completed merger with Dow Chemical Co. affect the liabilities related to water contamination with and human illnesses potentially caused by the manufacturing giant’s C8 chemical, a federal judge said this week.

U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. told DuPont lawyers they needed to provide the information — which lawyers for thousands of Mid-Ohio Valley residents who drank C8-contaminated water have been demanding for months — and said he would order a DuPont official to testify about the matter at a closed-door hearing next week if he wasn’t convinced DuPont was finally providing financial documents that should address the issue.

During a telephone call with lawyers for both sides, Sargus expressed concern that the continuing dispute between DuPont and the plaintiffs’ lawyers might mean there was reason to be concerned about how DuPont’s recent transactions were structured.

The longer this takes and the more difficult it becomes to get this information, truthfully, the more I’m determined that there is something that needs to be ferreted out here,’ the judge said, according to a court transcript of the Wednesday phone call.”

— Ken Ward, Jr., Charleston Gazette-Mail

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