CLASS ACTION FILED AGAINST MIDDLESEX WATER COMPANY OVER CUSTOMER NOTICE ADMITTING THAT TAP WATER VIOLATES NEW JERSEY STANDARDS FOR CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICAL PFOA
A class action complaint was filed October 29, 2021 in New Jersey Superior Court, Middlesex County, against Middlesex Water Company over customer notices which Middlesex Water Company sent to its customers last week, warning that their tap water violated New Jersey state standards for PFOA, a cancer-causing chemical used in Teflon. The Middlesex Water Company notice recommended that certain water customers consult their doctors and use bottle water for drinking and/or install a water filter. The class action complaint asks the Court to order Middlesex Water Company to reimburse water customers who follow these directives and recommendations in the notice for the cost of doctor visits, bottled water and/or water filters. The lawsuit also asks that Middlesex Water Company be required to fund a Court-supervised program to medically test and monitor customers’ PFOA levels.
The class action complaint was filed by an Avenel resident, Tomas Vera, who received the notice on October 23rd. Mr. Vera is represented by the law firms of DeNittis Osefchen & Prince of Marlton, NJ and Javerbaum, Wurgaft, Hicks, Kahn, Wikstrom & Sinins of Voorhees, NJ, two law firms who are highly experienced in class actions. Speaking as to the lawsuit, Plaintiff’s co-counsel Michael A. Galpern stated:
“If you follow the news, you have heard about PFOA and you know that a lot of attention recently has been focused on this cancer-causing chemical and the fact that once it enters the human body, it never leaves. The water customers have no responsibility for the violation of PFOA water standards in their tap water, as described in Middlesex Water Company notice. It is not fair that these customers should have to bear the expense of paying for consultations with doctors, bottled water, water filters, or similar costs incurred as a result of the water quality violations described in this notice.”
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