Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Files Lawsuit For PFOA and PFOS Contamination in the Hampton Bays Water District, Town of Southampton, New York

LONG ISLAND, NY—(Marketwired – February 22, 2018) – Napoli Shkolnik PLLC has filed a lawsuit against five manufacturers of aqueous firefighting foams (“AFFF”) containing perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (“PFOS”) and perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) for the contamination of the groundwater relied upon by its 7,000 customers of the Hampton Bays Water District. The complaint was filed in the Supreme Court for the State of New York, Suffolk County, and names the The 3M Company, Tyco Fire Products L.P., Buckeye Fire Equipment Company, National Foam, Inc. and Chemguard Inc. as the defendants.

As part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Third Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, the Hampton Bays Water District detected two perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), PFOA and PFOS, in the raw water serving its Well 1–1, prompting the Water District to take the well off–line in May, 2016. Additional monitoring of the other two wells at the well field also showed PFOS and PFOA contamination resulting in the closure of those wells in the summer and fall of 2017. The Complaint seeks to recover past and future treatment costs for the total removal of the chemicals from the production water served to the customers, which will run into the tens of millions of dollars.

“These persistent and toxic chemicals should have never been produced and released into the environment. It is vital we hold these companies accountable and not let them pass the costs on to the public,” said Napoli Shkolnik attorney Tate Kunkle.

Studies have shown an association between increased PFOA and PFOS blood levels and an increased risk for several health effects, including effects on the liver and the immune system, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, changes in thyroid hormone, as well as kidney, prostate and testicular cancers.

If you are a water district or water company and have detected PFOS or PFOA at any levels in your water supply, you may be able to recover damages. Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is ready to help those who provide water, the world's most precious resource, and make sure those responsible for the PFC contamination pay for any increased costs, not the customers or tax–payers.

Schuyler County Opioid Lawsuit Fight Continues Forward

WATKINS GLEN, NY—(Marketwired – February 22, 2018) – Schuyler County will hold a public hearing on March 12 to review a proposed local law declaring the opioid epidemic and its effects on the County a public nuisance.

According to Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, the draft local law is the next step in the County's lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain killers.

“The purpose and intent of this legislation is to allow the County to recover costs related to healthcare, family and social services, criminal justice, addiction and rehabilitation, and many other areas have significantly increased,” Getman explained. “Many of these costs are paid by the County.”

Upon passage, the local law would be followed by the filing of a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributers of prescription opiates for damages to the County arising out of the fraudulent and negligent marketing and distribution of opiates in and to the County

The County Legislature voted in August to retain the firm of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC to file that lawsuit on their behalf. Napoli Shkolnik will work with Getman, as special counsel.

“Over the past few years, despite its small population, Schuyler County has seen an uptick in opioid and heroin use and overdose,” Getman said. “To date, County officials have expended significant resources to help its residents battle opioid addiction and prevent further deaths. The lawsuit will seek to reimburse the County for its expenses related to the opioid crisis as well as provide the County with financial assistance to continue this battle.”

According to County Administrator Tim O'Hearn, the lawsuit will be filed at no risk to the County, as Napoli Shkolnik will work on contingency basis that will cover all costs associated with the lawsuit.

“By voting to go forward with local law, the County Legislature hopes to lessen the burden to taxpayers and seeks to hold manufacturers and distributors responsible for their role in the opioid epidemic,” O'Hearn said.

“These drug companies have poisoned our communities and polluted our children” says Paul Napoli, Of Counsel for Napoli Shkolnik. Paul Napoli leads the charge with Hunter Shkolnik against drug companies nationwide.

“The painkiller overdose epidemic is a classic case of putting profits before people,” he said. “Many opioid manufacturers were so intent on selling as much product as possible that they either turned a blind eye towards, or intentionally buried, reports that these drugs were highly addictive and potentially deadly.”

Napoli added that “our door is open” to other New York municipalities who are also fed up with the overdose epidemic, and that Napoli Shkolnik has the firepower to go toe–to–toe with the big pharma lawyers.

Napoli has dedicated much of his career to mass tort litigation. He has fought on behalf of 9/11 injury victims at both the statehouse and the courthouse, and he and his team also took on the big energy companies which contaminated much of Long Island's drinking water supply with dangerously high levels of methyl tertiary butyl ether.

The Public Hearing on the proposed local law will be held in the Legislative Chambers of the Schuyler County Courthouse, 105 Ninth Street, Watkins Glen, New York on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and voice their concerns regarding the opioid epidemic and the costs to Schuyler County and its communities.

A copy of the proposed local law, as introduced February 12, 2018, can be found here.