Jan 14, 2016

Law Firm Investigating PFOA-Contaminated Groundwater in Upstate New York

Weitz & Luxenberg is working with Erin Brockovich to identify affected parties for potential lawsuit

Weitz & Luxenberg has announced that it is investigating bringing a lawsuit against one or more companies believed responsible for certain cancers and other illnesses affecting residents of Hoosick, N.Y., where the residents have unwittingly been drinking water contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). 

The firm has not yet named the companies, but indicated that a potential lawsuit against them would seek compensation for the harmed residents of Hoosick, a town of 6,500 in central upstate New York.

Weitz & Luxenberg has been working with environmental activist Erin Brockovich to identify affected residents and to develop a case against the parties responsible for the contamination of the town’s groundwater.

At this stage, Weitz & Luxenberg is focused on talking to Hoosick residents who used the PFOA-tainted water for drinking, cooking or bathing, and then afterward suffered health problems, as well as residents who cannot now drink their water because of the contamination.

Most adversely affected have been residents of the Hoosick Falls section of town, where more than half of the population lives. The firm has already spoken to nearly two dozen residents from Hoosick Falls and elsewhere in the vicinity.