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For over thirty years, the water at the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with toxic chemicals known to cause cancer and a host of other chronic diseases and conditions. Hundreds of thousands of servicemembers and civilians drank, bathed in, cooked with, and swam in that water. The government knew about the contamination by the early 1980s but failed to warn the victims for decades that they were at increased risk for serious health problems.

Keller Postman worked closely with advocates for the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which President Biden signed into law on August 10, 2022. The Act gives victims the opportunity to sue the government for their injuries for the first time since the water poisoning began at Camp Lejeune almost 70 years ago. The government has estimated that it will pay victims $21 billion under the Act. 

Now that the CLJA has been enacted, we are working aggressively to pursue recoveries on behalf of victims. 

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Learn more about the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, including who the act applies to and what the act allows.
Learn more about the tragic events at Camp Lejeune and the history of contamination.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the status of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act?

President Biden signed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law on August 10, 2022. For the first time since the water poisoning began at Camp Lejeune, victims may now sue the government for injuries they suffered as a result of their exposure to the base’s contaminated water. 

What does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act mean for me?

If you were exposed to the water at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1953 and 1987—whether you lived at Camp Lejeune, worked there, or otherwise spent time there—the bill gives you the right to sue the government for harm caused by the water.

What injuries and diseases are covered under the Act?

The government has studied the health effects of the toxic water at Camp Lejeune and it found evidence that the water was linked to a long list of almost 40 medical conditions and diseases, including:

  • Aplastic anemia
  • Bile duct cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Cardiac birth defects
  • Cervical cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female breast cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Hypersensitivity Skin Dis.
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney disease
  • Leukemias
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Male breast cancer
  • Miscarriages
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-cardiac birth defects
  • Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer
  • Renal toxicity
  • Soft tissue cancer
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Thyroid Cancer

But even if a condition or disease is not listed above, it may still have been caused by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune and, if so, we will help investigate.

Will filing a claim under the Act put my VA benefits at risk?

No. If you are already receiving VA benefits or other compensation for injuries caused by the poisoned water at Camp Lejeune, the bill would still give you the right to sue—and you would not lose your benefits.

Working with Keller Postman

Victims of Camp Lejeune have been waiting a very long time for the government to make things right. At Keller Postman, we are ready to pursue your claims quickly and effectively now that the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is on the books. 

Unmatched Attorney Team

The two attorneys leading the case—Managing Partner Warren Postman and Partner Zina Bash—have three Harvard degrees between them and both clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court. You can learn more about our award-winning team here.

Track Record of Success

We have secured meaningful recoveries for more than 500,000 clients in the last three years alone. We act for clients who deserve to win, and we do everything we can to ensure that they do.

Deep Knowledge of the CLJA

We were directly involved in the effort to enact the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Our lawyers helped to educate key decisionmakers on Capital Hill about the importance of the Act and what exactly it would mean for veterans, their families, and others poisoned by the water. And we spent months analyzing it to prepare our legal strategies and operations before it was passed. Because of that preparation, we were able to hit the ground running by filing lawsuits in court the very day President Biden signed the Act. 

Significant Government Experience

These claims will be filed against the U.S. Government. Our lawyers have previously worked with the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, and we know those agencies will take us seriously.

With You the Entire Way

We plan to file and actively pursue these cases ourselves. And with a large client base, we will have efficiencies to reduce costs, and leverage to pursue the best outcomes we can for our clients. We are well-positioned to move quickly and effectively. And we’d be honored to represent you.