JUNE 9 – PFOA Claim Filing Workshop for Class Action Settlement Claims

CLAIM FILING WORKSHOP FOR CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT CLAIMS

AT THE BENNINGTON FIREHOUSE located at 130 River Street, 3RD FLOOR

NEXT Workshop:

Thursday JUNE 9, 2022  •  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Childcare is available during the workshop for $3 per child

You must call 802-442-1053 to register prior to the date of the workshop you wish to attend.


What is the Class Action About?

In the Spring of 2016, residents in Bennington and North Bennington learned about a water contamination problem: PFOA, a “forever chemical.” The Vermont Department of Conservation stepped in quickly and began testing wells.  A group gathered, planned, and filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the residents of Bennington and North Bennington. The claims were simple: medical monitoring for conditions because of exposure to PFOA, and compensation for the loss of property values, and for the annoyance, upset, and inconvenience the contamination caused.

In December, the Court announced preliminary approval of the $26.2 million Property Settlement, and another $6 million for 15 years of medical monitoring. This settlement provides eligible class members with significant benefits – money damages and long-term medical monitoring.

The PFOA Class Action Settlement is now final, Property Settlement checks will soon be paid to all eligible Class Members who have filed claims, and the Medical Monitoring Program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center will soon be up and running. The Claims Administrator, KCC, began processing claims as of May 23, 2022. You have until August 22, 2022 to file a claim. If you have already filed a claim, then you have met the deadline. If you have not filed a claim, please do so as soon as possible but before August 22, 2022. For anyone needing assistance with the claims filing process, there is a Claims Filing Workshop scheduled for June 9, 2022 from 5:00-7:30, at the Bennington Fire Hall, at 130 River Street in Bennington, VT.

If there is a problem with your claim, and we need additional information or clarification, you will be contacted by email, phone, or mail to supply the additional information or clarification. If you have provided all the information and your claim is approved, we hope to begin distributing checks shortly. Many have asked when to expect the check; we cannot give you an exact date, but if there is not a problem with your claim we hope to mail your check before the end of June. If there is a problem, you will be contacted and after you respond with the additional information, we hope to send your checks soon after the information is received and approved.

Please refer to the website www.benningtonvtclassaction.com to file a claim or print claim forms. You will also find the answer to many of your questions on the website. We appreciate your patience as we process these claims and move forward with the distribution of the settlement proceeds.


How do I file a claim? PROPERTY CLASS

You are a member of the PROPERTY CLASS if you owned property in the zone of concern on March 14, 2016. Even if you were always on town water; even if you did not sign up for the class action lawsuit; you are entitled to a settlement payment.

To see a map of the Zone, CLICK HERE

Each property owned by a person (not a business or corporation) on March 14, 2016 in the Zone of Concern will be entitled to a payment, whether you had a well or not, whether your property got hooked up to town water or not, and even if you were always on town water or owned a vacant lot.

But you must file a claim to get paid, and to receive medical monitoring.

If you are not certain if you are entitled to payment or if you want to learn the approximate amount of your payment based on the formula preliminarily approved by the Court, you can call David Silver at 802-442-6341 anytime, or you can attend one of two workshops to receive direct assistance in filling out your claim.

BRING YOUR DOCUMENTS to either workshop AND WE WILL FILE YOUR CLAIM ONLINE FOR YOU
To see what documents to bring CLICK HERE

YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM TO OBTAIN A SETTLEMENT PAYMENT. EVEN IF YOU SIGNED UP WITH AN ATTORNEY, YOU STILL NEED TO FILE A CLAIM TO RECEIVE A SETTLEMENT PAYMENT.

Settlement payments will be a minimum of:

• $1,000 for vacant lots;
• $4,000 for homes always on town water;
• $10,000 for homes with wells less than 20 ppt;
• $20,000 for homes with wells at or above 20 ppt;
• $30,000 for homes with wells at or above 20 ppt, but unfeasible to connect to town water

YOU MAY ALSO FILE A CLAIM FOR A DECEASED PERSON WHO OWNED PROPERTY IN THE ZONE ON MARCH 14, 2016 IF YOU ARE A LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DECEASED PERSON’S ESTATE. For more information call David Silver at 802-442-6341.


EXPOSURE CLASS: Medical Monitoring Program

You are a member of the EXPOSURE CLASS if you consumed water from a well contaminated by PFOA and you have more than 2.1 ppb of PFOA in your blood system as reflected in a blood test.

As a member of the EXPOSURE CLASS you are entitled to free medical monitoring administered at our local hospital. You will receive a $100 incentive payment for making an exposure class claim, if you are eligible.

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU A COPY OF YOUR BLOOD TEST.

IF YOUR BLOOD WAS TESTED AND YOU DO NOT HAVE A COPY OF YOUR BLOOD TEST:
You can email AHS.VDHEnvHealth@vermont.gov or contact Monique Beaudry at 802-652-0357 to request a copy of your blood test results.

If you do not have a blood test but consumed water from a contaminated well, you may file a claim as an EXPOSURE CLASS member and a free blood test will be offered sometime in June.

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