Important Information: Camp Lejeune MDL Dismissed in 2016
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are no longer reviewing potential claims for this case. Please keep in mind, however, that although the lawsuits were dismissed, the saga is far from over for veterans and their family members affected by contaminated groundwater at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Read on to learn more.
At A Glance
- What’s going on?
- We’ve received a multitude of messages from readers who wanted to know more about the litigation surrounding Camp Lejeune. Even though a federal judge dismissed all Camp Lejeune lawsuits—which in 2011 were consolidated into multidistrict litigation—in 2016, Congressional action four years prior opened the door for possibly hundreds of thousands of individuals exposed to the base’s contaminated water to get help and treatment.
- Why were the lawsuits dismissed?
- In 2016, U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash dismissed the Camp Lejeune MDL after ruling that North Carolina’s 10-year statute of repose—which is sort of like a statute of limitations (the window you must file a lawsuit in before being barred) —did, in fact, apply to plaintiffs’ claims of latent illnesses caused by the contaminated water.
- What does that ruling mean, exactly?
- Because the earliest injury claims were made by plaintiffs in 1999, and the contamination mystery at the base was essentially figured out by 1987, Judge Thrash said no exception exists that would trump the time limit set by North Carolina law.
- So, you’re saying there’s no lawsuit I can join?
- I served at Camp Lejeune. What are my options?
- In early 2017, The Department of Veterans released its finalized rule providing former veterans, reservists, National Guard members and their surviving spouses with access to more than $2 billion in disability benefits. With the VA’s rule came a list of eight illnesses for which the department says sufficient enough medical evidence exists to be connected to Camp Lejeune’s tainted groundwater. You can apply for the VA’s Camp Lejeune benefits here.
- What else do I need to know?
- We’ve put together a full round up of the Camp Lejeune situation over on our blog.