Wisconsin Department of Justice hires law firm to help with PFAS claims

MADISON (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has hired a law firm to help handle claims related to PFAS contamination.

Sher Edling LLP was selected out of a field of 11 applicants after a competitive bid process overseen by the Department of Administration to act as outside PFAS litigation counsel to the state.

“Every Wisconsinite—whether they live in the Driftless, the Central Sands, the Northwoods, or in the heart of our urban areas—should be able to trust the water from their tap. Period,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “But for far too many Wisconsin households that is not the case, and I am glad we are moving forward to hold polluters accountable so we can clean up our water and protect the health and safety of our communities.”

The firm will help the state as it sues corporations the state says is responsible for PFAS contamination for money to support the communities impacted.

“Clean water is essential to our health and well-being and to a thriving economy. We must protect it from PFAS and other contaminants that put people’s health at risk,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “The addition of outside counsel will enhance our ability to get accountability from those who are responsible for the severe harms that PFAS contamination has caused in Wisconsin.”

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