A big case against the U.S. Marine Corps involving allegations of groundwater contamination at a base in North Carolina recently came to an end. The case was a defeat for families who had sued the federal government for its role in causing illness due to the way it handled toxic waste at Camp Lejeune. Apparently, family of military personnel at the camp had higher cancer rates than personnel at other bases without contamination over a 31-year period of time.
Lawsuits on the issue were actually consolidated in federal court in Georgia back in 2011. The judge in charge of that case rejected the government’s argument that the families were not able to file lawsuits on the issue due to statutory time limits. Last week, that decision was reversed by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court.