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J. Edward Bell III, the founder and senior partner of Bell Legal Group and also the president of Charleston School of Law, played a personal role in championing the passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Over the span of more than a decade, Bell collaborated with Camp Lejeune victims, including Master Sergeant J.M. Ensminger, USMC, Ret., a prominent advocate for the cause, and Michael Partain, co-founder of the Few, the Proud, the Forgotten, along with elected officials. This collective effort culminated in the enactment of this legislation, marking the first opportunity for victims to seek justice regarding their unlawful exposure to contaminated water while stationed at the military base.
About Lawsuits, Irvin Jackson, September 12, 2023
The U.S. government has filed a notice to inform judges presiding over all Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits of a new “Elective Option”, detailing the voluntary process that will allow individuals to quickly settle claims involving certain injuries linked to toxic chemicals that contaminated water at the North Carolina military base. The Department of Justice and U.S. Navy first announced the elective Camp Lejeune settlement option on September 7, offering up to $550,000 to veterans and their families if they suffered specific medical conditions, including kidney cancer, liver cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukemias, bladder cancer, multiple myeloma, Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease and systemic sclerosis.
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