Cox v. Ametek El Cajon Case Settlement


Ametek came under the scanner for exposing the residents of El Cajon, California to the hazardous Trichloroethylene (TCE) that is infamous for triggering carcinogenic effects. Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Ametek and it has agreed to a settlement where the claimants can avail of medical screening, remediation, or mitigation benefits as mentioned below:

Eligibility For Making Claim: You will be considered eligible to claim if you:

  • Resided in the below mentioned mobile home parks for more than 365 days ranging from 1st January 1963 and 14th April 2020 or owned a mobile home coach as of 14th April 2020 in any one of the following mobile home parks:
    • Greenfield Mobile Estates, 400 Greenfield Dr., El Cajon, CA 92021
    • Villa Cajon Mobile Home Estates, 255 E Bradley Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021
    • Starlight Mobile Home Park, 351 E Bradley Ave., El Cajon, CA 92021

The settlement class doesn’t comprise of individuals who have already settled their contaminant exposure-related claims with any Defendant via litigation, especially people who have directly resolved their claims with Ametek, Inc., Thomas Deeney, Senior Operations LLC, or any Defendants’ or Third-Party Defendants’ former, present and future parent holdings, divisions, subsidiaries, stockholders, affiliates, officers, benefit plans, employees, directors, members, joint ventures, attorneys, domestic & foreign corporations, agents and their legal representatives, insurers, and heirs, predecessors, administrators, executors, assigns and successors of the same.

  • Attended Magnolia Elementary School as a student or worked as staff for one or more years between 1st January 1963 to 14th April 2020. Individuals who have independently resolved or settled claims on exposure to contaminants from the Former Ametek facility with defendants in the Trujillo Action are excluded from the settlement class.

Proof Of Purchase: Proper documents are required to substantiate your claims for the settlement. These include the claimant’s full name, social security number, date of birth, residence period at the mobile home park, unit number during residency within the mobile home park, and similar information.

Potential Claim Amount: Settlement class members are eligible to receive medical consultations through different screening procedures which shall prove whether the claimants are at risk from exposure to the hazardous Trichloroethylene (TCE). The settlement shall cover the below-mentioned medical services:

  • A thorough physical check-up and medical history evaluation by a board-certified physician.
  • Blood count, blood chemistry, and microscopy urinalysis.
  • Kidney CT scan (if deemed necessary in a follow-up appointment); and/or
  • MRI or liver ultrasound (also, if deemed necessary in a follow-up appointment).

Class members residing in mobile homes are entitled to remediation and mitigation benefit including installation of mitigation systems.

Case Summary: 

The Ametek lawsuit settlement addresses the claims made by plaintiffs against the company which exposed individuals to toxic contamination ranging from waste materials stored underground at its El Cajon, California, facility. The benefits of the settlement will apply to people residing in the mobile home parks of El Cajon or attending the elementary school in the locality between 1st January 1963 and 14th April 2020.

This settlement deal has resolved two Ametek waste materials class action lawsuits. The plaintiffs argued that some residents of EL Cajon got exposed to harmful chemicals due to Ametek’s negligence. The tank storing these hazardous materials has been removed but the toxic chemicals have already contaminated the surrounding soil and groundwater exposing the locals to Trichloroethylene (TCE).

It is imperative to note here that TCE is a volatile ingredient that was previously used in manufacturing processes till its ban in 1977 courtesy of the carcinogenic attributes. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry has associated TCE with different forms of cancer including liver cancer, kidney cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

All mitigation and remediation benefits shall be made available to the claimants who resided in the applicable mobile parks. Consumers can address all contamination concerns by having a mitigation system installed in their mobile homes. The deadline for objecting to or excluding yourself from the claim settlement has already passed.

Claim Form:

Deadline for Submitting Claim: The deadline for submitting a claim and availing of medical consultation benefits is 23rd September 2022. Claimants who wish to get remediation and mitigation benefits have to submit their claims within 23rd September 2021.

Final Hearing Date: 8/24/2020

Important Note: Dual claim forms, namely the Cox Settlement Claim Form and the Trujillo Settlement Claim Form are available for eligible claimants. Class Members are advised to consult the settlement website if they are unsure about which form to use. You should refrain from claiming if you do not qualify for this settlement. All claims are submitted under penalty of perjury and making false claims can harm the eligible class members. You can check out the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website if you are unsure whether you qualify for the claim.

Case NameCox, et al. v. Ametek Inc. et al., Case No. 3:17-cv-00597-GPC-AGS, and Trujillo v. Ametek Inc., Case No. 15-cv-01394, both in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Claims Administrator

El Cajon Claims Administrator
c/o Epiq
P.O. Box 3266
Portland, OR 97208-3266
[email protected]

Class Counsel

Scott Summy

Defense Counsel

Edward C. Walton
Sean M. Sullivan

Kimberly Arouh

Michael Pietrykowski

Theresa H. Lazorisak

Robert M. Juskie
Colin Walshok

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