The government will not go through the trouble to allow victims to make a claim only to fight them tooth and nail. So, while there are no certainties in litigation, our lawyers expect there would be a global settlement payout covering most of these Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuits before there is a single trial.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has projected $6 billion to settle these cases.
There are two schools of thought on this. One is that the CBO has made meaningful projections based on estimated Camp Lejeune lawsuits they expect to be filed. The other school of thought is that even the CBO cannot project this. It is like trying to project where the stock market will be in 10 years. So, the $6 billion is likely a floor that can be raised if more claims come in than they hoped.
It is also important to understand there may be a range of settlements from over $1 million per person to as little as $25,000.
Brandon Leon Newberry