Latest News on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination 2024
As of February 2024, more than 1,500 Camp Lejeune lawsuits and over 166,000 administrative claims have been filed, and the first victims have received compensation.
LawFirm.com is providing the latest Camp Lejuene lawsuit update to keep those awaiting justice informed.
If you have yet to take action, don’t delay. You only have until August 10, 2024, to file a claim related to the toxic water and seek compensation.
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Camp Lejeune Updates 2023-2024
Learn about the latest Camp Lejeune news.
1. Government Says Camp Lejeune Victims Must Show Specific Cause
Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Update 2024: February 21
In a February 21, 2024, court filing, the U.S. government said Camp Lejeune victims must establish that their illnesses were specifically caused by the contaminated water on base in order to get compensation. The government said it’s not enough for victims to merely show that they spent at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune and later developed an illness that may have been caused by the toxic water.
Plaintiffs previously argued that a general causation standard is more in line with the intent of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA), which was created to simplify the legal process for families seeking financial relief for injuries connected to the water.
However, the government disagreed, saying, “Congress did not change the substance of what plaintiffs must prove.”
This latest move may cause more families to reach out to Camp Lejeune lawyers to get help proving their cases.
2. Less Than 100 Settlement Offers Made
Camp Lejeune Settlement Update 2024: February 20
As of February 20, 2024, the U.S. government has extended settlement offers to 96 Camp Lejeune victims and 17 of these offers have been accepted.
With tens of thousands of claims currently pending, the low number of settlement offers shows the slow pace at which the government is moving to resolve these claims and provide victims with justice and a sense of closure.
3. Victims Appeal Jury Trial Denial
Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Update 2024: February 15
Some Camp Lejeune plaintiffs have appealed an order that denied them the right to a jury trial.
On February 6, 2024, Camp Lejeune victims lost their bid to have their cases heard by a jury after a panel of federal judges ruled that bench trials (trials heard and decided by a judge) would speed up the claims process.
The plaintiffs had argued that Section 804(d) of the CLJA gives victims of the contaminated water the right to a trial by their peers.
They also emphasized that all parties, including the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), initially acknowledged the right to a jury trial. The plaintiffs said this is consistent with the intention of Congress in drafting the law.
The federal government had asked the court to prohibit jury trials for Camp Lejeune water contamination cases, claiming that the CLJA does not clearly establish the right to a jury trial.
The judges agreed, saying, “Congress did not clearly and unequivocally depart from its usual practice of not permitting a jury trial against the United States” in passing the CLJA.
The first trials are expected to take place in the spring.
4. New Report Expands Camp Lejeune Cancer List
Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Update 2024: January 31
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) released a long-awaited report linking additional types of cancer to the tainted water on the military base.
The study could lead to an expanded Camp Lejeune cancer list, meaning more people may be eligible for compensation from the government for injuries related to the toxic water.
The Camp Lejeune cancers identified in the report include:
- Male breast cancer
- Myeloid cancers (including polycythemia vera, a blood cancer)
- Myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative syndromes (related to malfunctioning blood cells)
- Esophageal and voice box cancers
- Thyroid cancer
- Soft tissue cancer
- Marginal B-cell lymphoma
- Lung cancer (certain types)
The study found that military personnel who served at Camp Lejeune were at least 20% more likely to develop the cancers listed above compared with those at Camp Pendleton in California.
Civilians also faced elevated risks for certain cancers, including squamous cell lung cancer and female ductal breast cancer, according to the report.
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5. Numerous Camp Lejeune Cases Qualify for Elective Option (EO)
Camp Lejeune Settlement Update 2024: January 16
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made 37 settlement offers under the federal government’s Elective Option (EO). Of those offers, 4 have been accepted, 3 were rejected, and 6 have expired, leaving 24 offers pending.
The EO is a voluntary process intended to speed up the claims process under the CLJA. It supplements the other CLJA legal processes, which remain in place.
To be eligible for the EO, claimants must have certain Camp Lejeune cancers or other qualifying health conditions.
Of the 160,000 claims that have been filed, less than 20% are eligible for the EO.
6. Plaintiffs File a Motion on Causation
Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Update 2024: January 15
The Plaintiffs Leadership Group (PGL), which represents Camp Lejeune families, filed a motion on the issue of causation. The court filing urges the federal court overseeing the litigation to rule that a victim only needs to show that they spent 30 days on base and had a health condition that was likely connected to the toxic water to prove their claim.
If successful, the motion would streamline the legal process since plaintiffs wouldn’t have to prove that they were exposed to the water and that the water caused their specific illness.
7. Camp Lejeune Fraud Alert
Camp Lejeune Update 2024: January 9
The DOJ and the Department of the Navy (DON) issued a fraud alert to inform individuals who have filed a claim under the CLJA about attempts that have been made to obtain personal information and payments.
Anyone who receives emails or calls from people trying to collect personal information or money related to a CLJA claim should report this activity to their lawyers or the Navy’s Camp Lejeune Claims Unit (CLCU), if they’re not represented by counsel.
To protect yourself from fraud, be mindful of the following:
- The DOJ and DON will never ask you for money.
- Camp Lejeune emails from the Navy come from [email protected].
- The DOJ and DON will always communicate with you through your lawyer, if you have one.
LawFirm.com works with Camp Lejeune attorneys who are leaders in this new area of litigation.
8. Court Identifies Illnesses for First Trials
Camp Lejeune Litigation Update 2024: January 8
The court selected five Track 1 diseases. Trials related to these Camp Lejeune health conditions will take place first.
The Track 1 illnesses are:
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
The health conditions for Track 2 and Track 3 trials have yet to be determined. Expect a future Camp Lejeune lawsuit update to identify the illnesses that will be the subject of these later trials.
9. Camp Lejeune Payouts Hit $1.45 Million
Camp Lejeune Settlement Update: December 27, 2023
By December 27, 2023, Camp Lejeune settlements issued through the expedited EO payment system reached $1.45 million.
These settlement amounts included:
- $150,000 for a victim with bladder cancer
- $250,000 for a victim with Parkinson’s disease
- $300,000 for a victim with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Two $300,000 payments and one $150,000 payment for victims with leukemia
10. Plaintiffs Ordered to Submit Personal Information
Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Update: December 21, 2023
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones of the Eastern District of North Carolina ordered Camp Lejeune plaintiffs to provide their Social Security numbers and birth dates.
Plaintiffs were reluctant to provide this information because of the many scams over Social Security numbers, as well as fraud attempts related to Camp Lejeune litigation.
However, the order is meant to speed up the government’s investigations and hopefully result in quicker payments to victims.
11. Camp Lejeune Settlement Payouts Total $1 Million
Camp Lejeune Settlement Update: December 6, 2023
Camp Lejeune settlement payouts through the government’s expedited Elective Option have reached $1 million. At this milestone, 4 Camp Lejeune victims have received payment. However, thousands more are awaiting financial relief.
The government has set aside over $21 billion for those sickened by the toxic water, meaning that those affected may be entitled to compensation to help pay for their health care, pain and suffering, and more.
See if you may be owed part of this money during a free case review.
12. Track 2 Illnesses Proposed
Camp Lejeune Update: November 28, 2023
Lawyers for Camp Lejeune families submitted a proposed case management order to the court detailing the illnesses and procedures for the Track 2 trials of the Camp Lejeune lawsuit.
The proposed Track 2 illnesses are:
- Aplastic anemia
- Kidney disease
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
Look for a future Camp Lejeune lawsuit update to learn about the health conditions that will be featured in Track 2 trials.
13. New Appointment to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Update: October 11, 2023
Jayne Conroy, a nationally known legal strategist and litigator, was appointed to the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee (PEC) for Camp Lejeune lawsuits in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
The PEC supports and advises co-lead and lead counsel, the team of seven designated by the court to handle all litigation activities. It plays a vital role in ensuring a collaborative and structured approach toward justice for victims and case proceedings.
14. New Elective Option Announced
Camp Lejeune Update: September 6, 2023
The DOJ and DON announced expedited payouts through a voluntary Elective Option (EO) to those who have filed Camp Lejeune claims. This system is meant to streamline the claims process and get Camp Lejeune veterans and others affected by the toxic water payments more quickly.
However, legal experts say those who pursue lawsuit settlements will have the potential to win larger payouts.
EO payouts range from $100,000 to $450,000 based on the victim’s illness and the amount of time they spent on the military base. Family members who have lost loved ones are entitled to an additional $100,000 for wrongful death.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of Camp Lejeune victims will qualify for EO payments.
The Elective Option payouts are outlined in the chart below.
|30-364 days on base
|1-5 years on base
|More than 5 years on base
|Tier 1 Qualifying Injury: kidney cancer, liver cancer, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemias, bladder cancer
|Tier 2 Qualifying Injury: multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease, systemic sclerosis (scleroderma)
Update on Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Deadline
The deadline for the Camp Lejeune lawsuit is fast approaching. As of February 2024, those who have suffered personal injuries or birth defects from the toxic chemicals in the water only have about 6 months left to file a claim and seek compensation.
The deadline to file a Camp Lejeune claim is August 10, 2024.
This is a strict deadline, meaning no extensions or exceptions are expected. Once this date has passed, you won’t be able to take legal action and pursue compensation for your injuries again.
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Camp Lejeune News Timeline
Here is a timeline of the events leading to the Camp Lejeune claims and lawsuits that we see today.
- 1941: Camp Lejeune was founded.
- 1951: The Tarawa Terrace well field, which was eventually linked to a wide range of illnesses, was built near Camp Lejeune.
- 1953: One Hour Dry Cleaner was established near Tarawa Terrace. This dry cleaning business carelessly disposed of cleaning solvents, polluting Camp Lejeune’s drinking water with dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds like vinyl chloride.
- 1979: A massive oil spill occurred at the Hadnot Point Fuel Farms, contaminating the groundwater in Camp Lejeune with numerous toxic chemicals.
- 1984: Benzene, tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and trichloroethylene (TCE) were detected in the Hadnot Point water treatment plant, a main source of Camp Lejeune’s water.
- 1985: Hadnot Point wells were shut down.
- 1989: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified Camp Lejeune as a Superfund site (an area with hazardous pollution requiring cleanup).
- 2008: President George W. Bush signed a bill forcing the U.S. Navy to look into any injuries or deaths related to Camp Lejeune’s toxic water supply.
- 2016: Due to the 10-year filing deadline in North Carolina, hundreds of Camp Lejeune lawsuits were thrown out.
- 1/25/2022: A bill called the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was introduced in the House, which would lift restrictions that had previously prevented Camp Lejeune victims from filing lawsuits.
- 6/16/2022: The Senate passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as part of Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT).
- 8/10/2022: President Joe Biden signed the CLJA into law as part of the PACT Act.
After decades of legal barriers, thousands of veterans and their families are now able to seek justice for their illnesses following the passage of the CLJA.
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Camp Lejeune Update FAQs
What’s the latest on the Camp Lejeune lawsuit?
As of February 2024, over 166,000 Camp Lejeune claims have been filed and trials are set to begin in the spring.
These first trials, known as bellwether trials, are expected to have a strong impact on settlement values, as well as the future of the litigation. If they result in large verdicts for Camp Lejeune families, that could translate to substantial payouts for those who have filed claims.
What is the Camp Lejeune settlement update for 2024?
As of February 2024, the U.S. government has offered settlements, mostly through Elective Options (EOs), to 96 Camp Lejeune victims. Tens of thousands of Camp Lejeune claims are pending, which highlights the slow pace at which the government is moving to resolve these claims.
The government created the EO system to reduce the settlement timeline for service members and others affected by the toxic water.
Is there a Camp Lejeune water contamination update?
A report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has connected additional illnesses to the contaminated water on the military base.
The ATSDR, which is affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the report on January 31, 2024.
The report may allow thousands of others impacted by the contaminated water to take legal action for their illnesses.
Where can I find Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit updates?
Government organizations like the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of the Navy (DON) are providing updates on the lawsuit over the toxic water.
Additionally, our team at LawFirm.com is monitoring the lawsuit and providing regular updates.
Contact one of our case managers at (888) 726-9160 now to learn more about the lawsuit and see if you may be able to work with one of our legal partners to file a claim.