Friday, April 26, 2013

The corporation that keeps destroying people and the land

Clyde Cancer Cluster attorneys add 14 to lawsuit, seek more witnesses 

by Elizabeth Reed Posted: 04.26.2013 at 7:29 AM


CLYDE -- The law firm behind the suit against Whirlpool Corporation and others in the Clyde Cancer Cluster case will be in the town answering questions on Friday.

Representatives from Albrechta & Coble, Ltd. will be at the Clyde Public Library from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. to answer questions and look at any possible evidence local families may have about the former Whirlpool Park site. Any resident is welcome to attend.

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency found 9 feet of sludge contaminated with cancer causing toxins at Whirlpool Park during its investigation into a childhood cancer cluster in the Clyde area. Nearly 40 young people who lived in a 12-mile radius of Whirlpool Park have been diagnosed with cancer since the mid-1990s.

The law firm announced Thursday that they have added 14 plaintiffs to their lawsuit for their "personal injuries and wrongful deaths." The amended complaint also retain class action allegations of behalf of residents of parts of Sandusky, Erie, and Ottawa counties for medical monitoring and property damages.

"We have clarified allegations consistent with the evidence presently known to our office and clients," attorney Joseph Albrechta said in a statement. "We are continuing to gather more information as more witnesses come forward. This is a work in progress and it is anticipated that further changes will be made in the future."