Denka Class Action Lawsuit Filed in St. John the Baptist Parish The Russell Law Firm has recently filed a class action lawsuit in the 40th Judicial District Court of St. John the Baptist Parish against Denka Performance Elastomer and E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. The class action lawsuit alleges wrongful conduct committed by Denka and DuPont at its Pontchartrain Works Facility in LaPlace, Louisiana by exposing thousands of people to toxic levels of chloroprene, a chemical the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared to be a likely carcinogen. The EPA’s own findings show chloroprene emissions by Denka are at many levels above what is safe, prompting the EPA to declare LaPlace, Louisiana as having the highest risk of cancer in the United States.
The class action lawsuit further alleges that:
- Denka and DuPont intentionally concealed from the public for many years the chloroprene emission levels and the harmful effects of exposure to chloroprene;
- Denka and DuPont continue to emit chloroprene at harmful levels, even after knowing that EPA declared chloroprene to be a likely carcinogen, determined the chloroprene emissions to be at many levels above what is safe, and declared LaPlace, Louisiana as the highest risk of cancer in the United States;
- Denka and DuPont have violated many Louisiana created for the purpose of protecting the public from environmental pollution;
- Denka and DuPont’s conduct amounts to violations of the Louisiana constitution on many counts; and