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POMPTON LAKES RESIDENTS SUE DU PONT

 WOODBRIDGE, N.J., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 200 Pompton Lakes residents filed a complaint today against E.I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co. with ten counts in connection with the chemical company's discharging heavy metals and solvents into adjacent waterways. The lawsuit follows an April 23 wrongful death complaint filed on behalf of the widows of two area men who both worked at the Du Pont site and lived along the waterways.
 Angelo Cifaldi and Chris Placitella, partners in the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, and Norm Hobbie, partner in the law firm of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla are coordinating the joint prosecution of this matter. The 200 plaintiffs allege that Du Pont's negligent actions in allowing hazardous and toxic substances to be discharged from its premises into the Acid Brook, Wanaque River, Pompton Lake and nearby tributaries has resulted in personal injury and death including cancer and neurological disorders, decreased property value, diminution of the quality of life, risk and fear of developing cancer. The complaint also asks for medical monitoring for the plaintiffs for the effects of exposure to and ingestion of the toxic materials.
 The counts of the complaint include negligence, strict and absolute liability, trespass, nuisance, battery, Millison (deliberate coverup of contamination resulting in increased injury) and Spill Compensation Act/Environmental Rights Act (delay in complying with DEPE's administrative consent order to remediate the contamination).
 Today's complaint charges not only Du Pont, but also medical doctors and two testing laboratories hired by Du Pont to test and evaluate blood and/or urine samples of local residents. The complaint alleges that Dr. Alan Semet, Metpath, Inc. and Roche Biomedical Laboratories, did not disclose fully the findings of their examinations and testing.
 Also named as a defendant in the complaint is Leander Woods, plant manager of the Du Pont Pompton Lakes Works, a resident of Lake Hopatcong, for withholding information which have led to permanent and disabling personal injury.
 Also assisting in the matter are Mike Gordon of Gordon and Gordon, and Martin Murphy of Johnson, Murphy.
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 /CONTACT: Angelo Cifaldi Esq. of Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, 908-855-6096 or home, 201-423-5595, or Norm Hobbie Esq. of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, 908-741-3900 /


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