On July 19, 2023, judges of the Eastern District of North Carolina appointed Lieff Cabraser partner Elizabeth Cabraser as Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation centered in North Carolina over injuries relating to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Camp Lejeune is a 246-square-mile United States military training facility in Jacksonville, North Carolina, with 14 miles of beaches that make the base a major area for amphibious assault training.
The litigation over toxic water follows the enactment of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, a bipartisan bill signed by President Biden that enables individuals exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 to pursue compensation claims.
Qualified claimants under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act include Marines, military family members, and civilian workers who spent a minimum of 30 days at the base during the specified period. The water at Camp Lejeune during those years was contaminated with highly toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride, and benzene.
The Department of Health and Human Services has acknowledged the link between these chemicals and various illnesses, potentially affecting up to one million people. These ailments include kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia, liver cancer, bladder cancer, birth defects (especially cardiac defects), multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, end-stage renal (kidney) disease, and systemic sclerosis/scleroderma.
“I am honored to be chosen to co-lead this important litigation,” noted Cabraser. “We will work diligently to shed light on the situation and secure deserved compensation for the Marines, their families, and all community members who suffered exposure to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.”
Learn more about the Camp Lejeune Toxic-Water class action litigation.
About Elizabeth J. Cabraser
Elizabeth Cabraser is one of the nation’s leading class action litigators, possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation. She has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings, and currently serves in leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, and co-lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases, the Fiat Chrysler Jeep Dodge diesel emissions fraud litigation, the Generic Drugs Pricing antitrust litigation, and the National Prescription Opiates litigation.