AVA Law Group, Inc. to File Over 3,500 Notices of Claim in the Following Weeks in Camp Lejeune Justice Act Litigation

 Attorneys at AVA Law Group, Inc. are currently in the process of filing hundreds of notices of claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 on behalf of U.S. service members and their families, seeking compensation for the injuries they suffered as a result of exposure to toxic substances while living at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

On August 2, the U.S. Senate passed the Honoring Our PACT Act, which will allow Marines, their families, and individuals who served, lived, or worked at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 to pursue financial compensation for damages related to contaminated water at the base. President Biden signed the bill into law on August 10.

“We are so honored to represent individuals that were exposed to toxic water at Camp Lejeune. We are engaged with the Judge Advocate General Admiralty & Claims Division in Norfolk, VA and we are optimistic that progress will be made in each case through the administrative process. Failing a mutual agreement though, we will try and force the Federal Government to do the right thing through litigating these issues in the Eastern District of North Carolina. We look forward to seeing Justice finally prevail for those affected,” says Andrew Van Arsdale, managing partner with AVA Law Group, who has already filed 126 administrative claims with the Department of the Navy for his clients’ injuries. Another 1,000 claims are estimated by the firm to be filed within the next two weeks.

Administrative Claims Must Precede Civil Lawsuits

To start the process, an administrative claim must be filed on behalf of the injured party to the judge advocate general of the Department of the Navy before filing a civil lawsuit.

The agency will then have six months to accept or deny the claim. Only then can a federal lawsuit be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. There will be no class-action lawsuits filed, only individual tort lawsuits.

A decade ago, more than 800 lawsuits were filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act, alleging the toxic water at Camp Lejeune had harmed plaintiffs. They were eventually consolidated into a class-action lawsuit, but all cases were dismissed because they exceeded the 10-year rule.

There are expected to be a wide range of health issues in the cases to be decided. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the contaminants found at Camp Lejeune to bladder cancer, liver cancer, kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, adult leukemia and Parkinson’s disease, among many others.


AVA Law Group is a nationwide firm that represents the people against the powerful. The firm is best known for its work representing victims of childhood sexual abuse in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the LDS Church, and other large institutions that are known to have harbored sexual predators. AVA Law Group also prides itself on the representation of veterans and has assisted service members over the years in personal injury claims. For more information, please visit AVALaw.com.

AVA Law Group, Inc.

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15 notices issued against e-commerce entities and sellers found selling pressure cookers online in violation to compulsory standards

In exercise of powers under Section 18(2)(j) of the Consumer Protection Act, 2019, the Central Consumer Protection Authority has issued a Safety Notice to alert consumers against buying household goods which do not hold without valid ISI Mark and violate the standards directed for compulsory use by the Central Government.

To protect consumers from risk of suffering injury and harm and ensure required safety & technical standards are followed, Central Government is empowered to direct conformity to standard and compulsory use of standard mark under Section 16 of BIS Act. These directions are generally published in form of Quality Control Orders (QCO).

Section 17 of the BIS Act prohibits any person to manufacture, import, distribute, sell, hire, lease, store or exhibit for sale any such goods or article for which direction of compulsory use of Standard Mark has been published by the Central Government under Section 16. Further, as per Section 29(3), any person who contravenes the provisions of section 17 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to two years or with fine which shall not be less than two lakh rupees for the first contravention and not be less than five lakh rupees for the second and subsequent contraventions, but may extend up to ten times the value of goods or articles produced or sold or offered to be sold or affixed or applied with a Standard Mark, including Hallmark, or with both. Section 29(4) designates contravention of sub-section (3) as a cognizable offence.

Violation of standards mandated by the QCOs can not only endanger public safety, it can make consumers vulnerable to severe injuries. This is a critical cause for concern especially in case of household goods, since such goods are present in most homes and are in the immediate vicinity of family members.

The household goods in reference to which CCPA has issued Safety Notice are as under –



Line Ministry


Date of coming into force


Electrical Immersion Water Heaters


IS 302-2-201 (1992)



Electric Iron


IS 302-2-3 (1992)



Switches for domestic and similar purposes


IS 3854: 1988



Domestic Gas Stoves for use with Liquefied Petroleum Gases


IS 4246:20020



Microwave Oven


IS 302 : Part 2 : Sec 25 : 2014



Aluminium Foil for Food Packaging


IS: 15392



Hand-held Blender


IS 302 : Part 2 :Sec 14



Domestic Electric Food

Mixer (Liquidizers and

Grinders) and Centrifugal Juicer.


IS 4250



Helmet for riders of Two

Wheeler Motor Vehicles


IS 4151: 2015



Sewing Machines


IS 15449 : Part 1 : 2004



Cooking Gas Cylinder


As specified in Gas Cylinder Rules, 2016


Previously, CCPA had also issued Safety Notice dated 06.12.2021 to alert consumers against buying helmets, pressure cookers and cooking gas cylinders which violate compulsory standards. Goods which violate compulsory standards are liable to be held ‘defective’ under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.

CCPA has decided to take up cases involving sale or offering for sale goods which violate compulsory standards as matter of preventing unfair trade practice and to protect, promote and enforce the rights of consumers as a class. Therefore, any person found selling the household items as mentioned in the table above without conforming to compulsory standards and holding valid license as prescribed by BIS shall be liable for violation of consumer rights and unfair trade practices and face action under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.

As part of celebrations of 75 years of independence – Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, CCPA has already initiated a country-wide campaign to prevent sale of spurious and counterfeit goods that violate QCOs and raise awareness and consciousness among consumers to purchase goods that conform to BIS Standards. In this regard, CCPA has written to District Collectors across the country to investigate unfair trade practice and violation of consumer rights concerning manufacture or sale of helmets, domestic pressure cooker and cooking gas cylinders.

CCPA has also taken suo-moto action against e-commerce entities and sellers who were found to be selling pressure cookers in violation to compulsory standards online. 15 Notices have already been issued with respect to such violations. The cases have also been forwarded to BIS for taking necessary action under the BIS Act, 2016. BIS has also issued 3 notices for violation of QCO of domestic pressure cookers and 2 notices for violation of QCO for helmets.



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