Firefighter foam containing chemicals that cause cancer
Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) or "firefighting foam" contains chemicals that can cause a variety of cancers. If you were a firefighter or regularly exposed to AFFF and recently diagnosed with kidney, pancreatic, prostate, or testicular cancer, you may be eligible for financial compensation by filing a lawsuit.
As of January 2023, there are over 2,500 AFFF plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPMDL) has ordered the transfer of federal lawsuits to the United States Federal Court in the District of South Carolina.
A single judge will now handle all AFFF firefighting foam cancer lawsuits in federal court, paving the way for a global settlement.
AFFF litigation continues to grow
Over the past month, 46 new AFFF firefighting foam lawsuits have been added to the federal class action lawsuit. There are currently 3,387 pending AFFF lawsuits in the MDL. This MDL has been averaging over 100 new cases a month. In other words, it might appear that 2023 will be slower than 2022. However, new filings have been low across all mass torts, so this might be simply due to the holiday season.