east palestine ohio trail spill lawsuit

East Palestine Ohio Train Toxic Spill Attorneys

A February 2023 train derailment and subsequent fire in East Palestine, Ohio may have exposed thousands of people to Vinyl Chloride and other toxic chemicals. Train operator Norfolk Southern may be facing numerous lawsuits for injuries, property loss and environmental damage caused by the disaster. People who have been affected by the East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment may be eligible for compensation.

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Our Role

Seeger Weiss founding partner Chris Seeger was appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re: East Palestine Train Derailment Litigation by Judge Benita Y. Pearson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

  • 4/5/23

    The honorable Benita Y. Pearson issued an order consolidating lawsuits filed against Norfolk Southern in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and appointing attorneys to lead the litigation. Seeger Weiss founding partner Chris Seeger was selected as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee.

  • 3/22/23

    National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy characterized the derailment as “100% preventable” in her testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

  • 2/6/23

    Norfolk Southern detonated explosive charges on five rail cars carrying vinyl chloride. The “controlled release” was anything but controlled, creating a large, fiery explosion, dispersing toxic chemicals for miles around the derailment site, and further exposing residents.

  • 2/3/23

    A Norfolk Southern train transporting over 1,600,000 pounds of toxic and hazardous chemicals derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. In total, 38 rail cars, including 11 hazardous container cars derailed and an additional 20 railcars were damaged. The derailment resulted in the widespread contamination of the environment and exposure of residents to massive amounts of vinyl chloride, dioxins, and other toxic chemicals.