Hoeven Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Camp Lejeune Veterans from Excessive Legal Fees

Bill Would Cap Trial Lawyer Fees for Those Impacted by Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today cosponsored the Protect Camp Lejeune Victims Ensnared by Trial-lawyers’ Scams (VETS) Act, legislation introduced by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) to cap the fees trial lawyers can charge in cases representing Marines and other individuals impacted by water contamination at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Impacted individuals are able to seek compensation under the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which Hoeven helped pass earlier this year.

However, since the PACT Act became law, trial lawyers across the country have launched expansive television ads and social media campaigns, seeking out Marines and others for Camp Lejeune-related cases and charging contingency fees reportedly as high as 60 percent.

“Our efforts have been all about ensuring veterans receive the health care they have earned, and the legislation we passed to address toxic exposure should not be treated as an opportunity for trial lawyers to make a quick profit at the expense of our servicemembers,” said Hoeven, a member of the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee. “We’re working to advance this legislation to ensure individuals impacted by water contamination at Camp Lejeune are not taken advantage of and receive the compensation they are due.”

The Protect Camp Lejeune VETS Act is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. The full bill text can be read here.