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Camp Lejeune case updates. 

With information coming out daily, we hope to keep you informed on all of the changes with this impending litigation. In fact, it will be a hotly contested issue for several years. Understandably, it is a very complicated issue that will have a lot of changes and updates from both sides along the way.

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Camp LeJeune Lawsuits Updates June 2023

June 5, 2023: Camp Lejeune Plaintiffs Being Approved for Pre-Settlement Funding

More plaintiffs of the Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit are now receiving much-needed pre-settlement funding. Lawsuit funding companies have loosened underwriting criteria enabling more plaintiffs to receive advances on their potential settlement.

June 5, 2023: JAG's 'Perfection Determination' Bodes Well for Camp Lejeune Claimants

The Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) has responded with “Perfection Determination” for many of the Camp Lejeune litigation claims from last August and September, confirming that many claimants have filed the Standard Form 95 correctly. This means that, although there are delays due to a lack of government resources and other reasons, a large number of Camp Lejeune claimants are likely to be successful in recovering compensation for the illnesses they suffered due to contaminated water exposure at the base.

June 1, 2023: Controversial Marketing Practices Spark Backlash Against Two Camp Lejeune Law Firms

Most of the public has seen some form of marketing for the Camp Lejeune litigation, and there are many law firms that would like to participate in helping obtain justice for those who were harmed by the contaminated water at the base. But as always happens with high-profile litigation like this, some marketing companies have apparently gone too far and called individuals who were on the national do not call registry. This has resulted in a class-action lawsuit against two Camp Lejeune law firms that hired the marketing companies. The firms have asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed claiming that they themselves did not directly call the plaintiffs. This case serves as a lesson for those in the legal industry to ensure that the practices of their marketing companies stay within the law. 

Here are the latest updates on the Camp Lejeune lawsuits as of May 2023:

May 23, 2023: Lawmakers Pressure DOJ to Settle Camp Lejeune Cases

On May 17, 2023, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro and Attorney General Merrick Garland asking why none of the Camp Lejeune claims has been settled. This letter comes approximately nine months after the Camp Lejeune Justice Act was passed and signed into law by President Biden. Lawmakers are becoming increasingly impatient with the government and their seeming inability to get their act together and dedicate the resources necessary to settle these claims. Another letter was sent to the Secretary of the Navy on May 23 by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio demanding action and asking the secretary to provide a realistic timeline for reviewing the 60,000+ Camp Lejeune claims that have been filed. 

As of the end of May 2023, the Navy Jag has made zero settlement offers during the initial six-month administrative claims process. Hundreds of these claimants have now filed civil lawsuits in the Eastern District of North Carolina, with that number growing by the week. The Navy blames a lack of sufficient staffing, budget, and a delay in implementing its electronic portal for the problems in settling Camp Lejeune claims. 

May 17, 2023 - Increasing Calls for Swift Action on Camp Lejeune Settlement

A cross-party group of lawmakers is ratcheting up pressure on the Navy, criticizing it for its inability to resolve numerous instances of water contamination at Camp Lejeune Marine Base, a full nine months after President Biden enacted a law to set up a mechanism for resolving health-related claims by veterans.Out of an estimated 45,000 claims, not a single one has been settled by the Navy. To make matters worse, a digital portal that was to be used for processing these claims isn’t expected to be fully functional until the summer. The situation begs the question: how can these lawsuits be settled without a clear understanding of the nature of the claims?Senators Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) are advocating for a faster resolution of these claims. In a letter addressed to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Attorney General Merrick Garland, they expressed that each passing day without settling these claims is a disservice to those affected. In their letter, they asked six pivotal questions…

May 16, 2023: Hazardous Water Supply at Camp Lejeune Linked to High Parkinson's Disease Risk Among Marines

According to a recent study published in JAMA Neurology, the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease is 70% higher for Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune compared to veterans who lived or worked at other military bases. Researchers have attributed this increased risk to the presence of trichloroethylene (TCE) in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. The rising rates of Parkinson’s Disease across the United States suggest that TCE contamination may be widespread and a significant factor in the disease’s development.

TCE is a colorless, odorless chemical that can remain in the environment for years. It is commonly used as a metal degreaser, in adhesives, paint removers, spot removers, cleaning supplies, and in dry cleaning of fabrics. Due to its widespread use, TCE contamination is a significant concern, and exposure to TCE has been linked to a variety of serious health problems. 

May 11, 2023 Update – Legal Actions in May 2023As of the beginning of May, 37 new Camp Lejeune civil cases have been lodged in the Eastern District of North Carolina under the CLJA.This equates to a little over three new cases per day, mirroring the rate we witnessed in April. If this rate remains consistent, we should see just above 100 new cases related to Camp Lejeune by the end of the month.However, this rate represents a significant decrease from the influx we experienced in March, which saw the filing of 642 new civil cases under the CLJA. With a staggering 45,000 administrative claims yet to be filed, a massive wave of new cases is anticipated at some point.May 9, 2023 Update – Navy’s Delayed Response to Camp Lejeune ClaimsDespite earlier government assurances to provide compensation to veterans affected by the water toxicity at Camp Lejeune, not a single claim has been settled nearly nine months later. The Navy is holding out for the launch of an online platform that will manage the growing number of claims, currently exceeding 45,000. Much to the veterans’ chagrin, however, the Navy indicates that the claim processing portal might not be operational until summer. Bloomberg has reported on the Navy’s struggles in setting up a system to process the thousands of claims from Camp Lejeune that have been filed administratively. “The Navy needs to raise the bar,” North Carolina Federal Court Judge James C. Dever III admonished lawyers at a hearing the previous month.

May 5, 2023: Camp Lejeune Claims Surge: Navy Department Struggles with Overwhelming Lawsuits

On May 4, 2023, an update regarding the Camp Lejeune lawsuits was disseminated by Jennifer Langley, legal counsel from the Department of the Navy’s JAG office. Here are some of the key points mentioned in her communication:

  • Personnel Augmentation: The Navy Department is actively engaged in a recruitment drive to double its workforce. While this will require some time, they project that they will be staffed by the end of the summer and ask for patience in the meantime.
  • Claims Management: The Department is currently under pressure due to an unexpected surge in claims over the past few months. As of May 1, 2023, the department has recorded around 60,000 administrative claims relating to Camp Lejeune lawsuits. It is struggling to process claims dating back to last fall. In addition, the digital portal for submitting claims, hindered by administrative complications, remains unready, suggesting further postponements.
  • Pending Lawsuits: The department reports that nearly 1,000 lawsuits tied to Camp Lejeune have been lodged to date, anticipating a significant uptick in the coming months.
  • Course of Action and Future Strategy: The Navy Department confirms that after the expiration of the initial 6-month waiting period for claimants, they are given the choice of either continuing with the administrative process or pursuing litigation.

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