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Another group of individuals have joined forces and filed a lawsuit against Whirlpool Corporation, along with the current owners of Whirlpool Park. A lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the Fremont law firm Albrechta and Coble in Sandusky County regarding the Clyde Cancer Cluster.
It was an emotional press conference as a husband spoke about the loss of his wife. His lawyers sat by his side, representing him and several others, as they try to get answers.
According to a press release, the complaint alleges Whirlpool was negligent and intentionally handled, disposed and concealed toxic waste, including PCBs.
Attorney Joseph Albrechta says they are trying to get information on behalf of the people affected by the Cancer Cluster.
"They're interested in getting adequate compensation for the losses they've suffered, both for death, as well as personal injuries. And, in one case, our families are making sure that any diminution in their property value is taken care of. And most importantly, they want to make sure the community medical care is taken care of, that is, that their health be monitored, and that the cleanup occur," said Albrechta.
It is the Cancer Cluster families' understanding that testing has not been finished at the Whirlpool Park by Whirlpool, the park owner and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Cancer Cluster families are anxiously awaiting those results, interfacing with the EPA, and processing the results of their own testing before deciding whether a legal course through the courts is justified.
The families hope the lawsuit filed by the Albrechta firm is based upon solid expert opinion and science, and will assist in finding the cause of what has been causing their children to get sick, and in some cases die. They believe if the lawsuit was filed prematurely or with speculative opportunism based upon the work that has been done by the Cancer Cluster families, experts and attorneys, Sandusky County Health Department, Ohio EPA and U.S. EPA, that it may be detrimental to their ultimate search for the truth.
Attorney Alan Mortensen, of Dewsnup, King & Olsen, will be holding a press conference April 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Clyde Red Roof Inn to present the findings of the Cancer Cluster families' testing, as well as take questions regarding the testing.
Hear more in Natalie Clark's report tonight on WTOL 11 News at 6.
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