Civil action number: United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
The Honoring Our Covenant Act, S. 3373, signed by the President Joe Biden, August 10, 2022.
PORT WASHINGTON, NY, August 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Lance Corporal Timothy PughRet., a Navy veteran who suffered multiple myeloma, and other injuries, from exposure to toxic water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, filed a lawsuit today against United States under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which is part of the Honor Our PACT Act signed this morning by President Biden. Mr. Pugh, who served and resided at Camp Lejeune from 1984 to 1986, seeks damages for his injuries in United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (7:22-cv-00124 BO) where Camp Lejeune is and where Camp Lejeune The Justice Act requires that all such lawsuits be brought.
Parker Waichman LLP, filed the complaint on behalf of the Navy veteran, who was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, in 2012. The complaint alleges, among other things, that from the years 1950, hazardous chemicals from landfills, unlined landfills and leaking storage tanks repeatedly seeped into the ground and underground aquifers. The complaint further alleges that the Marine Corps was aware, as early as 1958, that Camp Lejeune water supply systems were susceptible to contamination with various volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The complaint further claims that the government knew in 1974 that these VOCs were highly toxic. Despite this knowledge, the government and the Marine Corps have repeatedly ignored water system safety guidelines issued by several federal and state agencies.
Mr Pugh alleges his devastating illness was caused by Marine Corps negligence, recklessness and recklessness. Damages are sought for Timothy Pugh bodily injury, as well as his pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, loss of income and medical expenses as well as other damages.
Parker Waichman fights for justice for the victims of Camp Lejeune for a long time. After an initial lawsuit on behalf of a civilian teacher injured in Camp Lejeune has been dismissed in court after court on various legal grounds involving delays and the Feres doctrine, Parker Waichman, furious but undeterred, turned to legislation to change these laws. Working with several members of Congress, we have seen several bills gain some support, but not find enough votes. This year, however, a broader relief program for veterans has gained momentum, with headlines around the burn pits. House leaders inserted the very specific Camp Lejeune The Justice Act of 2022 in the Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022, which removes barriers to previous lawsuits that failed and clears the way for the Pugh action to be filed today.
“Timothy Pugh served his country honorably as a Marine. We knew that the water he was drinking was contaminated, but they did nothing. They ignored standard safety protocols and engineering reports for decades,” said Jerrold S. Parker. “We decided in 2009 to fight for these Marines and their families no matter what. We took our first complaint all the way to the Supreme Court. When the courts refused to help these Camp Lejeune victims, we went to Congress and worked hard to pass a law. We are honored, finally, to have the possibility, within the framework of the PACT law, to push Timothy Pugh the case, and those of the other victims, forward.”
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