SL is now representing over 40 of approximately 75 water providers in MDL-2873 against various AFFF manufacturers, claiming that their water supplies are contaminated with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). These chemicals have been used for decades to conduct training exercises resulting in substantial quantities of PFAS leaching into the surrounding groundwater.
The MDL started in January 2019, in the Federal District Court for the District of South Carolina, where this MDL is being heard. The water provider cases are one subset of approximately 1100+ cases pending in the MDL, but the court has selected the water provider cases as bellwether cases. Additional plaintiffs are still able to join this MDL. Proceedings are already underway for water providers, which effectively shaves off two years (the duration the MDL has already been pending) to settlement or trial verdict that makes now a good time to join.