The Associated Press
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Two women who won a class-action lawsuit against DuPont over long-term exposure to toxins from a former zinc-smelting plant in Spelter are suing again, this time seeking damages for dozens of ailments they say were caused by the chemicals.
Rebecca Morlock and Waunona Crouser filed their complaints this week in Harrison Circuit Court, where they are demanding damages for pain and suffering, medical testing and treatment, lost wages, emotional distress and more. A jury would determine the amount of damages.
Both Morlock and Crouser declined to discuss their cases, except to say that others like them will soon be filed.
By Thursday afternoon, at least three people who were not plaintiffs in the original case but who are eligible to share in the pending damage award had also filed complaints.
Morlock's children, Joshua Finch of Meadowbrook and Amanda Finch of Clarksburg, blame DuPont for ailments ranging from rashes and recurring infections to bone tumors. Crouser's husband, Donald, cites problems such as repeated pneumonia and upper respiratory infections.
The five complaints are virtually identical except for the list of health problems. None of the plaintiffs is represented by an attorney, and it's unclear why they are filing the cases now.
Spokesman Dan Turner said DuPont has not yet seen the complaints and could not comment.