[11] In November 2018, Ruffalo was officially set to star in the film. The film received positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $23 million. Tennant has been shunned by the community for suing their biggest employer. The story began in 1951, when DuPont started purchasing PFOA (which the company refers to as C8) from 3M for use in the manufacturing of Teflon. Robert visits the Tennants' farm, where he learns that 190 cows have died with unusual medical conditions such as bloated organs, blackened teeth, and tumors. He has discovered that PFOA is perfluorooctanoic acid, used to manufacture Teflon and used in American homes for nonstick pans. He seeks medical monitoring for all residents of Parkersburg in one large class-action lawsuit. Robert Bilott is a corporate defense lawyer from Cincinnati, Ohio working for law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister. Tennant connects the deaths to the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont, and gives Robert a large case of videotapes. [5] Parts of the story were also reported by Mariah Blake, whose 2015 article "Welcome to Beautiful Parkersburg, West Virginia" was a National Magazine Award finalist,[6] and Sharon Lerner, whose series "Bad Chemistry" ran in The Intercept. However, DuPont sends a letter notifying residents of the presence of PFOA, thus starting the statute of limitations and giving any further action only a month to begin. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dark_Waters_(2019_film)&oldid=989569820, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 November 2020, at 19:25. Bilott is known for the lawsuits against DuPont on behalf of plaintiffs from West Virginia. DuPont agrees to settle for benefits valued at over $300 million. Unknown to the family, the business was actually disposing of a dangerous chemical called PFOA - properly known as perfluorooctanoic acid - … "[23] Many of the executives with whom this movie draws fault still work, or recently worked, at DuPont. As DuPont is only required to carry out medical monitoring if scientists prove that PFOA causes the ailments, an independent scientific review is set up. Since PFOA is not regulated, Robert's team argues that the corporation is liable, as the amount in the water was higher than the one part per billion deemed safe by DuPont's internal documents. Nearly 70,000 people donate to the study. The film shows how the chemicals used to make Teflon poisoned people and the environment—not just in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where DuPont had a Teflon plant, but all … [7][8] Bilott also wrote a memoir, Exposure,[9] detailing his 20-year legal battle against DuPont.[10]. [15] It entered limited release in the United States on November 22, 2019, before going wide on December 6, 2019. Dark Waters is a 2019 American legal thriller film directed by Todd Haynes and written by Mario Correa and Matthew Michael Carnahan. While the portfolio is now a part of Chemours and the companies settled the public health lawsuits referenced in the film, Chemours sued DuPont, alleging that the former parent company saddled it with onerous liabilities when it failed to prepare financial projections in good faith. Robert sends the DuPont evidence to the EPA and Department of Justice, among others. The website's critics consensus reads, "Dark Waters powerfully relays a real-life tale of infuriating malfeasance, honoring the victims and laying blame squarely at the feet of the perpetrators. The EPA fines DuPont $16.5 million. DuPont de Nemours, Inc., commonly known as DuPont, is an American company formed by the merger of Dow Chemical and E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company on August 31, 2017, and the subsequent spinoffs of Dow Inc. and Corteva. He tells Robert he and his wife both have cancer. "[20] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews. 3M saw little to no change in its stock price the day of the film's release, but it was already experiencing a "difficult year" from "potential liabilities due to possible litigation over previous production of PFAS. Farmer Wilbur Tennant, who knows Robert's grandmother, asks Robert to investigate a number of unexplained animal deaths in Parkersburg, West Virginia. At dinner with his family, Robert is informed that DuPont is reneging on the entire agreement. dupont_teflon_1200x630.jpg. Robert files a small suit so he can gain information through legal discovery of the chemicals dumped on the site. [13][14], The film premiered at the Walter Reade Theater on November 12, 2019. Robert encourages him to accept DuPont's settlement, but Tennant refuses, wanting justice. Robert finds numerous references to PFOA, a chemical with no references in any medical textbook. Prior to the spinoffs it was the world's largest chemical company in terms of sales. Dark Waters had a limited theatrical release on November 22, 2019, by Focus Features, and went wide on December 6, 2019. The film is based on the 2016 New York Times Magazine article "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare" by Nathaniel Rich. [18], The DowDuPont breakup earlier in the year spun off a new DuPont company that continued to lose value throughout the second half of 2019 as investors grew concerned about the potential liabilities related to the old DuPont's fluoropolymer products. When Tom tells him he needs to take another pay cut, Robert collapses, shaking. Robert, however, is not satisfied; he realizes that the residents of Parkersburg will suffer the effects of the PFOA for the rest of their lives. Robert decides to take each defendant's case to DuPont, one at a time. [18][19], On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 90% based on 218 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.33/10, and holds an approval rating from audiences of 95%. The locals protest and the story becomes national news.