Law firms lay out case for legal action over contaminated water in Bucks, Montgomery

Posted by Aaron J. Freiwald on July 21, 2016

A team of three regional law firms is offering its services to Bucks and Montgomery County residents considering legal action over local drinking water contaminated with perfluorinated compounds.

Attorney Joseph Feliciani, of Norristown’s Creedon & Feliciani law firm, led a presentation to several dozen residents gathered at Williamson Banquet & Event Center in Horsham on Wednesday night. Feliciani told the crowd he is also a resident of Horsham — one of three communities affected by drinking water contaminated with perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoroooctane sulfonate (PFOS) that is suspected to have originated at a trio of current and former military bases in the area.

“I have an intimate relationship with the Horsham area,” Feliciani said, adding he has lived in the town for 30 years and put five children through the Hatboro-Horsham School District. “I think that this area is (one of) the best areas to live in the state, but for the water. The water is a problem.”

Feliciani said his firm is seeking residents who may have been exposed to the chemicals, including those in Horsham, Warminster and Warrington. As previously reported by this news organization, drinking water contamination has led to the closure of 16 public and about 150 private wells in the three communities, and has also been found in smaller amounts in neighboring townships.

Feliciani was not alone. Joining him in the two-hour presentation was Aaron Freiwald, of Philadelphia’s Freiwald Law, and Adam Pantano, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, also of Philadelphia.

Freiwald touted his experience in reaching a settlement with the Dow Chemical Co. on behalf of clients who had developed brain cancer. Pantano said his firm is or has been involved in high-profile litigation in the Philadelphia area, including the 2010 Duck Boat crash on the Delaware River that killed two and the 2015 Amtrak train derailment that killed eight.

The attorneys stated the three firms would jointly litigate any potential case.

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