The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022

History of Camp Lejeune

Named after General John A. Lejeune who was an early proponent of the amphibious assault plan utilized in WWII, Camp Lejeune is a U.S. Marine Corps Base in North Carolina which was established in 1941. Over the last 80 years, the base continued to grow, and today Camp Lejeune houses around 170,000 people (both military and non-military personnel) on 156,000 acres of land.

Contaminated Drinking Water

From approximately the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s, hazardous chemicals from storage tanks located on base leaked into the water wells serving the base. These chemicals included trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and benzene, and remained in the water supply until the wells were closed in February 1985.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (CLJA)

The recently passed PACT Act included the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which now allows for individuals to sue and recover damages from the federal government based on exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Prior to the CLJA, North Carolina’s statute of limitations prevented this type of lawsuit from moving forward. Read more about the Federal Cause of Action related to water at Camp Lejeune here.

The CLJA has a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the enactment, meaning those who wish to participate in the mass tort litigation must do so prior to August 10, 2024.

Eligibility

Those who lived on base at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, for at least 30 cumulative days. This includes:

      • Military personnel, including dependent family members.

      • Surviving family members of a deceased Veteran.

      • Civilians who worked or lived on base.

      • Those with possible in-utero exposure.

    If you are a Veteran currently receiving service-connected disability compensation for disabilities related to your service at Camp Lejeune, you are still eligible to participate in this lawsuit.

    If you believe you may be eligible, either click the button below and complete the form or call the number listed, and a representative from our Camp Lejeune Litigation Team will contact you.

    **The information contained in this post is not updated after the date initially posted.  For the most up-to-date information, please check VA’s website.**

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