Document Timeline

2023

  • 1/25/23 - Horsham Criticizies PA Over 'Forever Chemicals' Drinking Water Limits
  • 1/19/23 - AFFF/PFAS Litigation Update - Lawsuits have been filed across the country by public and private water authorities alleging contamination of their water systems by PFAS compounds as a result of the use of PFAS-containing fire-fighting foam (AFFF).  In January 2019, these cases were transferred to and consolidated in a single Federal Court ---- the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina in front of Judge Richard Gergel.  The consolidated litigation is titled In re: Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Products Liability Litigation. This litigation is what is known as a "mass-tort" or "multi-district litigation" (MDL).  This litigation is not a class action.  Each individual or entity who has filed a lawsuit in this litigation has their own individual claim. The Horsham Water and Sewer Authority (HWSA) has a case pending in this federal litigation and is seeking a recovery for the past and future costs associated with remediating and managing PFAS contamination.  The AFFF/PFAS litigation continues to progress at a good pace with much progress being made every day.  The Defendants, who manufactured and sold AFFF, have produced in excess of 4.2 million documents, which amounts to approximately 34 million pages. Plaintiffs' Counsel has already reviewed millions of these documents and have conducted over 113 depositions of relevant defense and government witnesses.  The Federal Court overseeing the litigation recently selected the first case in the litigation to go to trial.  The trial will take place in June 2023 in South Carolina. The case is on behalf of a public water provider in Florida. While HWSA's case was considered for trial, HWSA's case was not ultimately selected to be one of the first AFFF/PFAS cases in the country to go to trial. These initial trials in MDLs are known as "bellwether" trials. One of the main purposes of these trials is to give the parties an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of their cases and to potentially facilitate an eventual resolution of the litigation, depending on the outcomes of the trials.   We are hopeful that the first trial this coming summer will result in a victory for the Florida water provider. Any Plaintiff trial win will be helpful for HWSA's case.

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