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Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit

Thanks to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, military personnel and their families living or working at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December 1987 that have suffered disabling and deadly illnesses such as cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders are able to pursue justice and compensation through a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit. Contact The Lanier Law Firm now for a free case evaluation.

Legally Reviewed By: Michelle Greene
Attorney | Environmental Contamination

Michelle Greene

Legally Reviewed By: Michelle Greene
Attorney | Environmental Contamination

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Military personnel, their families and civilians living and working at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987.

A nearby dry cleaners that is now closed and leaking underground storage tanks and waste disposal sites have been identified as the sources.

The contaminants in the water at Camp Lejeune during this time period have been associated with cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders and more.

Substantial compensation is available based on the extent of your injuries. Contact The Lanier Law Firm now for a free claim evaluation.
Two years from the date the act became law but may be shorter in some cases. Contact us to ensure a timely filing.

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Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Updates

February 2024 Update

On January 15, plaintiffs’ Leadership filed a motion for partial summary judgment in the EDNC on the issue of causation. Plaintiffs’ Leadership is asking the Court to rule that Camp Lejeune plaintiffs need to only prove General Causation and not Specific Causation, as rebuilding the circumstances of each victim’s water exposure places too high a burden on victims.

The motions are filed in support of the Track 1 cases. The Court established separate “tracks” of cases, with each track consisting of several different illnesses which will move forward on its own timeline. The Track 1 health conditions are: bladder cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and Parkinson’s disease. Discovery is currently ongoing for 100 Track 1 cases, and the parties should be prepared to commence trials for Track 1 Plaintiffs in sometime 2024. The parties are eagerly awaiting the setting of trial dates.

The Court has not determined which injuries will be included in Tracks 2 and 3, but a final decision on these conditions is expected in early 2024.

November 2023 Update

To date, the United States Department of the Navy (“Navy”) has received over 130,000 Camp Lejeune Justice Act claims from all over the country. The Navy has six months from the date an individual claim is submitted to either agree to settle the claim or deny the claim. If the Navy denies the claim, a claimant can then file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the only court such lawsuits are permitted to be filed. As of today, approximately 1430 lawsuits have been filed.

On November 14, 2023, the Plaintiffs and Defendants filed a joint status report, stating that they have created a questionnaire to collect information from all claimants to assist in calculating compensation for their injuries. However, the task is obviously a difficult one that will require much more work before mass settlements progress. To the extent that a limited number of settlements have been offered by the Department of Justice, lawyers on the case will seek to achieve more generous settlements.

Bellwether trial cases are due to be selected by December 5, 2023. A total of 100 bellwether cases will be selected, twenty for each of the five injuries alleged, with ten selected by Plaintiffs and ten selected by Defendants. Plaintiffs’ lawyers hope that trials can begin by spring of 2024.

How can The Lanier Law Firm help me with my Camp Lejeune water contamination case?

Passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a victory for water contamination victims who have suffered for decades from debilitating illnesses and the wrongful deaths of their loved ones without compensation. Despite clear evidence of the military’s culpability, winning your lawsuit won’t be easy.

This type of case requires a detailed review of your medical records with proof of the connection between your illness and the water contamination. The military will resist paying damages to the fullest extent possible by using expensive attorneys and legal maneuvering to escape liability.

Standing up to the military will require the use of expert witnesses, strong negotiation skills and exceptional litigation abilities.

The personal injury attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm have a 32-year history of successfully standing up to large entities on behalf of the people they harmed. We will thwart every known legal tactic the military may use in its effort to avoid paying you the compensation you are owed.

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Why is The Lanier Law Firm the best choice?

The Lanier Law Firm is committed to redefining legal care by offering a personalized, compassionate approach that gets results. Our commitment to each client is well-known throughout the legal community, resulting in multiple prestigious accolades from our peers, including the following:

  • Best Law Firms, Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News & World Report
  • Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdict by Courtroom View Network
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year – Mark Lanier
  • Best Lawyers in America – 12 Lanier attorneys

These recognitions came about as a result of our long track record of success on behalf of our deserving clients, such as the following:

  • $2.1 billion verdict upheld against Johnson & Johnson for asbestos in talc powder causing ovarian cancer
  • $1.05 billion verdict for defective hip implants against Depuy Orthopaedics
  • $115 million in an asbestos case on behalf of 21 steelworkers
  • $56.3 million verdict against Caterpillar on behalf of a paralyzed construction worker

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act provides a short window of opportunity to hold the military accountable for its negligence and recover your long-overdue compensation. Contact The Lanier Law Firm today for a free consultation.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) estimates that as many as one million military members and their families were exposed to contaminated drinking water while serving at Camp Lejeune. Military personnel and their families have faced deadly cancers, miscarriages, birth defects and even the death of their children.

These brave men and women signed on with a willingness to sacrifice themselves for their country. The expectation was that any harm they experienced would occur overseas while fighting a known enemy. They did not agree to jeopardize their families’ health or their own while serving in what they believed to be the safety of their home base.

The attorneys at The Lanier Law Firm are grateful for our veterans and their service. We are dedicated to ensuring that they receive long-overdue justice for the harm that came to them and their families while training, serving and residing at Camp Lejeune.

What is Camp Lejeune?

Camp Lejeune is a 153,439-acre military Marine base near Jacksonville, North Carolina, that also supports the Coast Guard and the Navy. It is strategically located near the two deep water ports at Morehead City and Wilmington and contains approximately 450 miles of roads, nearly 7,000 buildings and 14 miles of Atlantic beachfront.

The base is large enough to support approximately 137,526 military members, their families and civilian employees. The current population includes 38,778 active duty members, 38,769 family members, and more than 20,000 civilians and retirees.

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Who is impacted by the water contamination?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established that the water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated from August 1, 1953, through December 31, 1987. Military personnel, family members and civilian employees living or working on the base during this time may have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water over an extended period of time.

What contaminants have been discovered in Camp Lejeune water?

Water testing performed in 1982 revealed that the water contained alarmingly high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which varied by location on the base, according to the ATSDR. The three contaminated water treatment plants that provided water to the majority of residents at Camp Lejeune were Tarawa Terrace, Hadnot Point and Holcomb Boulevard.

How did the water at Camp Lejeune become contaminated?

The ATSDR has identified ABC One-Hour Dry Cleaners, a nearby business located off-base that is now closed, as the source of the PCE contamination.

The TCE contamination has been attributed to leaking underground storage tanks and waste disposal sites.

Health Effects of Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

The ATSDR has found associations between several severe and life-threatening illnesses and the VOCs that contaminated
Camp Lejeune water.

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Cancers

  • Soft tissue cancer
  • Breast cancer, including male breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hodgkin disease
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer
Birth Defects and Pregnancy Complications

Birth Defects and Pregnancy Complications

  • Cardiac defects
  • Miscarriage
  • Choanal atresia
  • Eye defects
  • Low birth weight
  • Fetal death
  • Significant malformations
  • Neural tube defects
  • Oral cleft defects
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