FARMINGDALE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Village of Farmingdale is pleased to announce its satisfaction with the groundbreaking settlements reached in the Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation (MDL) involving 3M, DuPont, Chemours, and Corteva. These settlements are extremely helpful in ensuring the protection and safeguarding its water consumers from PFAS contamination.
“We are exceptionally grateful for the diligent efforts of all parties involved, particularly Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Farmingdale Village Board of Trustees, to ensure that the costs related to the remediation of the contaminated water will be borne by the polluters and not our local residents,” said Paul J. Napoli, lawyer for the Village of Farmingdale.
As per the Estimated Allocation Range Tables provided by the PFAS Settlement Steering Committee, the Village of Farmingdale anticipates receiving substantial compensation from these settlements. Initial settlement amounts are anticipated to provide the Village of Farmingdale of up to $5,000,000.00 from DuPont, Chemours and Corteva and 3M. These funds will be integral in treating PFAS contamination and lessening the near term financial burden to ratepayers. Notably, there are 15 defendants remaining in additional litigation and the Village is working to secure additional settlements from those defendants.
According to Counsel Paul J. Napoli, the Village has also been appointed to serve as a bellwether plaintiff in initiating legal actions against non-settling Defendants. Through this trial the Village hopes to secure additional monies to treat the contaminated water. “Our resolve to safeguard the health and welfare of our residents remains steadfast. We will explore every legal avenue to seek the compensation necessary to ensure that we are able to provide PFAS-free, clean water to our residents,” declared Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
The Village of Farmingdale is located in Nassau County, New York and is home to close to 9000 residents. Recognizing the risks associated with PFAS exposure to their residents and community, Farmingdale’s Board of Trustees proactively retained Napoli Shkolnik, a national law firm providing representation in complex environmental litigation, including cases involving hazardous substances and their adverse impact on communities. With a dedicated team of attorneys and a proven track record of success, Napoli Shkolnik provides exceptional legal representation and fights for justice on behalf of the Village of Farmingdale and others affected by environmental wrongdoing.