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Hoosick Falls Contaminated Water Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves a class action alleging Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, Honeywell International, Inc., and the 3M Company contaminated the aquifer around Hoosick Falls, the Village of Hoosick Falls, and the Town of Hoosick, in New York, with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

The complaint alleged that people in these areas ingested the PFOA via the wells and water supplies in the area and now have higher than average concentrations of PFOA in their blood and reduced property values. It also claimed that 3M sold PFOA or products that contained PFOA to Saint-Gobain and Honeywell and did not warn them of the dangers of PFOA.

Docket Number:

16-cv-917 (LEK/DJS)

Company: 3M

Filing Deadline: January 24, 2022

Class Period: January 1, 1996 to December 16, 2016

Objection Deadline: December 9, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: December 9, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: February 2, 2022

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide the documentation required to prove that you belong to one or more of the classes in this case. See the claim form for details.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you belong to one of the four classes below:

Medical Monitoring Class:
- All individuals who, for at least six months between 1996 and 2016, have (1) ingested water at their homes, which was supplied the Village Municipal Water System or a private well in the Village of Hoosick Falls or Town of Hoosick in which PFOA has been found, and (2) had blood serum tests done that found a PFOA level above 1.86 µg/L; or
- Any natural child (1) born to a female who meets or met this criterion when the child was born and (2) whose blood serum was tested after birth and found to have a PFOA level above 1.86 µg/L.

Municipal Water Property Settlement Class: All persons who are or were owners of residential property supplied with drinking water from the Village Municipal Water System, who bought the property on or before December 16, 2015 and owned it as of December 16, 2015. (Together with the Private Well Water Property Settlement Class, this is part of the Property Settlement Class.)

Private Well Water Property Settlement Class: All persons who are or were owners of residential property in the Village of Hoosick Falls or the Town of Hoosick that was supplied with drinking water from a private well in which PFOA was detected, who owned that property at the time PFOA was discovered in the well water through a water test on or after December 16, 2015. (Together with the Municipal Water Property Settlement Class, this is part of the Property Settlement Class.)

Nuisance Settlement Class: All persons who are or were owners or renters of residential property in the Village of Hoosick Falls or the Town of Hoosick that was supplied with drinking water from a privately-owned well in which PFOA was found, had a point-of-entry treatment (POET) system installed to filter water from the well, and who either (1) owned and occupied that property at the time PFOA was found in the well water through a water test on or after December 16, 2015, or (2) rented and occupied the property at the time PFOA was found in the property’s private well through a test on or after December 16, 2015.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Different benefits will be awarded depending on class membership. The net settlement fund will be divided among the classes as follows:

- Medical Monitoring Class Program: ($22,800,000
- Property Settlement Class (Municipal and Private Well Classes together): $20,700,000
- Nuisance Settlement Class: $7,761,683

For details and plans of allocation, see the Notice at http://www.hoosickfallspfoasettlement.com/media/3568233/notice.pdf.

Total Settlement Amount: $65,250,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$25,000 each

Law Firms:
Faraci Lange LLP
Seeger Weiss
Weitz & Luxenberg PC

Claim Form: Hoosick Falls Contaminated Water Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Baker v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. et al

Settlement Website: Hoosick Falls Contaminated Water Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
KCC Class Action Services

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Baker v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation Settlement Administrator
P.O. BOX 43502
Providence, RI 02940-3502
info@HoosickFallsPFOASettlement.com
855-786-0992

Tags: Contaminated Water/Groundwater, Environmental Contamination