Settlement Structure: Claims Made
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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation is settling a class action alleging that its Chemfab Corporation contaminated property and drinking water in Bennington and North Bennington, Vermont with the chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The complaint alleged that the factory made coated fabrics and other products with the use of the chemical ammonium perfluorooctanoate (APFO), which resulted in the release of PFOA into the environment and the contamination of soil and groundwater in a Zone of Concern delineated by the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Vermont classifies PFOA as a hazardous chemical because of its health risks and persistence in the environment and has set limits on the amount of PFOA that is permitted in drinking water.Docket Number:
Company: Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
Filing Deadline: August 21, 2022
Class Period: March 14, 2016 to August 23, 2019
Objection Deadline: February 2, 2022
Exclusion Deadline: February 2, 2022
Final Approval Hearing: April 18, 2022Proof of Purchase:
If you are making a property claim, you must submit proof of your ownership of the property on March 14, 2016. If you are making an exposure claim, you should submit a copy of your blood test. If your home got its drinking water from a privately-owned well, you should submit a copy of the PFOA well-testing results.Eligibility:
You may be eligible if you are in either or both of the following classes:
The Property Class is natural persons (not corporations) who
- Owned residential property in the Zone of Concern on March 14, 2016, or
- Bought residential property after March 14, 2016 that was later added to the Zone of Concern.
The Exposure Class is all those who, as of August 23, 2019
- Live or have lived in the Zone of Concern,
- Ingested water with PFOA within the Zone of Concern, and
- Have a blood serum test showing a PFOA level in your blood above 2.1 parts per billion (ppb). If you have not already had a blood test, you may get one during the first 180 days of the Medical Monitoring Program, as long as you meet the other two above criteria.
You may be a member of both classes. For exclusions from these classes, see the Notice at https://www.benningtonvtclassaction.com/media/3717740/v11_siv_notice_123021_final-web.pdf. For the Zone of Concern, see the map at the end of the Notice.Typical Settlement Amount:
Property Class: Cash payments up to $20,000, depending on a variety of factors. See the Notice at the settlement website for details. Payments will be made on a per-property basis, that is, one per household regardless of how many owners or residents there are.
Medical Monitoring: Cash payment of $100, plus enrollment in the Medical Monitoring Program and initial screening. The settlement provides for a fund of $6,000,000 to pay for a fifteen-year-long program for free testing and monitoring that does not duplicate your existing primary care for the early detection of certain diseases. It will be provided at the Occupational Health Clinic of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vermont.
Total Settlement Amount: Up to $26,200,000 for property payments; up to $6,000,000 for medical monitoringClass Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:
Up to $10,000
Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Silver & Munson, PC
Davis & Whitlock, PC
Langrock, Sperry & Wool, LLP
Case Name: Sullivan v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation
KCC Class Action Services, LLC
Sullivan v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation Settlement Administrator
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