Atlanta Appeals Court Rules Against Camp Lejeune Claimants

Just released this evening – 10-14-2014:

A federal appeals court has dealt the victims of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune a setback, ruling that a state law passed this year cannot retroactively validate their health claims against the U.S. government.

Obama administration attorneys wanted the court to dismiss the lawsuit blaming the water for a variety of illnesses.

At issue was North Carolina’s “statute of repose” that ends a plaintiff’s right to seek damages more than 10 years after the last contamination.

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7 thoughts on “Atlanta Appeals Court Rules Against Camp Lejeune Claimants

  • March 3, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Served in the Mari es from71-75 and was exposed to the Contaminated water for 3 yes. My health is terrible. And feelmy Government owes me a very sizable compensation For doing The gross negligence of the Marine Officers. Who knew. The Government. Person me A Loyal Marine that join ed at 17 yes old. Has our government have no shame?

    • March 3, 2015 at 10:22 am


      Were you on board Camp Lejeune for more than 30 days and have one of the 15 health conditions in the recent law from 2012? If so, have you filed with the VA and do you have approved health care from them? I know it is a frustrating process. Let us know more details about what you have, what the VA has said, etc. and we can try to get to the bottom of it. As for the laws and the lack of compensation as a result of negligence, it’s definitely a frustration. As I said in the article, the very person who signed the 2012 bill into law turned around and had government lawyers fight to uphold statute of repose, essentially closing the door on any litigation. But with ongoing science revealing more and more problems, and health issues manifesting themselves much longer than 10 years after exposure, the statute of repose is an old, antiquated limitation that should not be applicable. It needs to be updated to reflect what we’ve learned.

      • August 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm

        Kim wi lived on on base housing at camp lejuene while my deceased husband was a US Marine. He had kidney failure at 25. Renal carcenoma and several other health problems including 2 kidney transplants. I have palliary thyriod cancer and now diabetes. I need help5. Where do i go


  • July 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    I was born on Camp Lajuene. My father was a Marine who was stationed there after serving in Vietnam. He passed away in 1997 at the age of 49. My mother passed away this Feb from one of the listed cancers. Hopefully the Govt will stand up and do the right thing. I dont want to develop any of these diseases.

    • July 7, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      I am so sorry for the loss of both of your parents to this mess. Can you share what year you were born, as well as the extent of time and details of the locations where you lived on base? We are continuing to fight to make sure the science is there and that officials will do the right thing. Too much time has passed and too many losses endured already for all involved. -GS

  • November 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    My dad (Jerry Ray Isam) was stationed at Camp LeJeune when this horrible thing happened. He passed away in December 1991 with Multiple Myeloma. I was conceived and born on January 6, 1973 and so was my sister Diana on June 23, 1970. My other sister Terri was born on January 27, 1968 and she was about 4 or 5 years old when our parents moved to the base housing. My uncle lived there with us as well Bobby Jean Keith at age 5 or 6 yrs old. To me, this is a tragedy to find this out 30+ years later!


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