Originally Posted by patchoulipal
Some of your examples are exactly why I feel like the 15% of the settlement for going through this process is simply insulting. The question is, will we really end up with anything more by the time the cases would actually be settled by an attorney and after their hefty cut?
The firm I've retained will not allow any settlement without my full approval. I am the final say. So yes, I will receive more than what they offered and plenty for attorney fees on top of that. I have WAY more progressive damage occuring which DuPont does not want to acknowledge plus the fact we don't know the full extent of our future costs to us due to property devaluations and possible requirements when trying to sell the property with known toxins in our property. The loss of use, the impact to our lives and the animals and birds who used to call our trees home have been greatly effected. We've lost the enjoyment of our property, our privacy, our wind hedges, our erosion preventers, our landscape beauty, our gardens. How many years before some of us who've been hard hit will really be able to replant? Some scientists say at least three years. All these things including many other legal issues the lawyers are placing in the lawsuit means DuPont owes me way more than what they offered. I'm not going to say on here how much their offer was because it's completely meaningless to me and nothing that should be used as a guide for any sort of value.
To those who've accepted the offer and actually got the full check from DuPont, make sure whomever replaces your trees gets the premium quality trees and shubs and not the conservation quality which is cheaper for them (where they pocket more profit). Better to select your own at a nursery and make them get them there. According to what Davey Tree told me that will eat up all that 15% so-called compensation and then some. Some have tried replanting according to DuPont's instructions and have lost their new plants too.