West Virginia residents are seeking justice in the wake of losses and injuries caused by the chemical spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methane into the Elk River. Attorneys with Cory Watson Attorneys and West Virginia attorney Kathy Brown have filed two class action lawsuits for individuals and businesses affected by the chemical spill.
A class action was filed on behalf of businesses that may have suffered economic injury and property damage from the spill from a Freedom Industries Inc. plant upstream from a West Virginia American Water treatment plant. The class action on behalf of businesses, Civil Action No. 14-C-61, alleges that area companies suffered loss of business as a result of not being able to “(1) use water to serve their patrons, (2) use water to wash and sanitize their facilities, or (3) allow their patrons and staff to use and sanitize their restrooms, wash their hands etc.” Any West Virginia business operator affected by the spill can contact Cory Watson to discuss their legal rights.
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Cory Watson Attorneys Jerome Tapley, Jon C. Conlin and Ryan Lutz worked with West Virginia attorney Kathy Brown to file a class action on behalf of individuals for bodily injury and property damage, caused by Freedom Industries chemical spill. The class action filed on behalf of individuals harmed by the West Virginia chemical spill, Civil Action No. 14-C-60, alleges that the spill of 4-methylcyclohexane methane has decreased property value, potentially caused physical injury, and has incurred unforeseen costs in the form of bottled water etc… “The Releases have possibly and/or have made and/or continue to make Plaintiff and the other class members physically ill and otherwise physically harmed, and/or have caused and continue to cause associated emotional and mental stress, anxiety, and fear of current and future illnesses,” the complaint states. Individuals concerned that they may have been affected by the spill can contact Cory Watson to discuss their legal options.
Both the federal government and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency over the spill, which left nearly 300,000 people unable to use their water. Close to 300,000 residents in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam and Roane counties in West Virginia were advised to not use their water.