Napoli Shkolnik PLLC Environmental Litigator Tate J. Kunkle Files Toxic Chemical Water Contamination Lawsuits
NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – August 14, 2017) – Napoli Shkolnik PLLC filed three class action lawsuits in Orange County Supreme Court a little more than a year after the residents of the City of Newburgh learned they had been exposed to toxic concentrations of a fire fighting foam constituent called perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (“PFOS”).
“Everyone has a right to clean water and it’s time that those responsible be held accountable,” says Tate J. Kunkle, who recently filed the complaint on behalf of Newburgh residents who drank the contaminated water.
PFOS can cause an increased risk of several health effects, including effects on the liver, the immune system, high cholesterol levels, increased risk of high blood pressure, changes in thyroid hormone, ulcerative colitis, pre-eclampsia, and kidney and testicular cancer.
Despite multiple investigations having determined that the PFOS came from the Stewart International Airport and Air National Guard Base, those responsible have refused to come forward to help the City’s residents. It became clear to many local residents and prominent members of the community that legal help was needed.
“It is a sad state of affairs when Fortune 500 companies and governmental entities systematically poison a city of 30,000 people here in the United States, and then bury their head in the sand hoping the problem just disappears,” said Mr. Kunkle.
The lawsuits seek to recover for personal injuries, property damage, and future medical monitoring from the chemical manufacturers, The 3M Co. and Tyco Fire Products L.P., and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who currently operates the Stewart International Airport.
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC partner Hunter J. Shkolnik was recently appointed as Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel in the Flint Water Crisis Litigation, and the firm is also handling several other cases involving people’s exposure to the line of chemicals known as poly-fluoroalkyl substances (sometimes called “PFAS”), including perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”). These matters include representing individuals in the Village of Hoosick Falls, NY, Merrimack, NH, Colorado Springs, CO, and the Willow Grove Air Base in Horsham, PA.
About the firm
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is a national litigation firm providing representation to persons in class action lawsuits and complex commercial cases, as well as victims of environmental contamination disasters, aviation accidents, defective prescriptions drugs and medical devices, asbestos-related illnesses, and other serious personal injury matters. With their principal offices in New York City and additional offices in California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as affiliates throughout the United States, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is readily available to clients.
Tate J. Kunkle, Esq.
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC
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New York, NY 10017