Ruling limits legal remedies for many exposed to Camp Lejeune pollutants
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a North Carolina law limiting the time period in which a plaintiff can seek damages from exposure to pollutants at Camp Lejeune.
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By Howard Altman | Tribune Staff
Published: October 15, 2014 | Updated: October 15, 2014 at 05:53 PM
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A federal court ruling in North Carolina this week will have a devastating impact on many of the nearly 20,000 Floridians currently registered with the Marine Corps for their exposures at Camp Lejeune to three known human carcinogens found in the camp’s drinking water, said a man who contracted breast cancer as a result.
Those Floridians are on a list compiled by the Marines. They may have been exposed as far back as 1953, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
“Legally, we are done,” said Mike Partain of Winter Haven, who was born at Camp Lejeune 46 years ago. “The government has successfully found a silver bullet to put an end to legal issues. If this happened in Florida, rather than North Carolina, we would still be legally able to pursue the government.”
Neither the Marines nor the Department of Justice responded to requests for comment.
This week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a North Carolina law limiting the time period in which a plaintiff can seek damages.
The law, called the statute of repose, placed a 10-year limit on which plaintiffs in that state can seek damages from exposure to contaminants, with no exception for latent diseases like the cancer contracted by Partain.
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So anyone want to quibble that the Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient?
And, the biggest pollution problem on the planet?
“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Captain Renault in Casablanca
I’m shocked that a Gooferment Court found that the Gooferment wasn’t liable for the harm it knowingly allowed.
I hope there is a special circle in Hell for politicians and bureaucrats!
So why have a registry if you’re just going to screw the victims.
And, you trust them on Ebola, D23, or any other matter of “public health”.
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