WV American Water Contamination Class Action

There is a tentative settlement awaiting approval by Judge Copenhaver in the water contamination litigation. If and when the settlement is approved, all claimants will have plenty of time to review the settlement documents and decide if they wish to participate in the settlement.

At this time, we have not received any settlement funds. All payments, including attorney fees, attorney expenses, and payments to our clients will have to be approved by Judge Copenhaver and/or a Claims Administrator.

If the judge does not approve the settlement, the litigation will continue.

Thank you for your patience.

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Have you, or a business you own, been adversely affected by the water contamination and subsequent "do not use" directive from West Virginia American Water? Click Here to file a claim.

On January January 10, 2014, the Law Firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, along with the Law firm of Powell & Majestro, P.L.L.C. and Bucci, Bailey and Javins, L.C. filed a class action lawsuit against Freedom Industries, Inc. and West Virginia American Water Company for economic damages caused by the water contamination. Click <Here> to file a claim.

Please click the following links for a copy of the complaint as well as other related court documents:

Class Action Complaint

Emergency Temporary Restraining Order to Preserve Evidence and For Inspection of Facilities

Verified Petition for Emergency Temporary Restraining Order to Preserve Evidence and For Inspection of Facilities

On January 17, 2014, Freedom Industries, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Click the link below to see a copy of the bankruptcy petition:

Freedom Industries, Inc. Bankruptcy Petition

Other Related Links:

Lawyers Aim Bigger Than Freedom Industries in West Virginia Chemical Spill
(Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg Business Week, January 14, 2014
)

West Virginia Company Completed Merger Days Before River Spill
(Sonja Elmquist, Bloomberg Politics, January 14, 2014)

Freedom Industries Bankruptcy Follows W.Va. Chemical Spill
(Peg Brickley, Dow Jones Bankruptcy and Debt, January 17, 2014)

State orders West Va. plant to come clean on chemical spill.
(Nadia Sikander, NBC News, January 22, 2014)

DEP Official: Freedom Industries Knew Of Second Chemical
(Associated Press via WCHS News Online, January 24, 2014)

Freedom Industries Ordered to Remove All Storage Tanks
(Staff Writer, WSAZ News Channel 3, January 25, 2014)

Who Runs Freedom Industries? West Virginia's Chemical Spill Mystery
(Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg Business Week, January 30, 2014
)

Businesses Report Major Losses From Water Crisis
(Anna Baxter, Cathleen Moxley, WSAZ NewsChannel3 HD, January 29, 2014)

Freedom Industries Call Reporting the Spill

New Owner of Freedom Industries Must Face Fallout of West Virginia Chemical Spill
(Steven Mufson, CoalAge, January 29, 2014)

Extent of Freedom site contamination still unknown
(Ken Ward, Jr., WVGazette.com, February 5, 2014)

Three months before spill, inspection found Freedom tank below standards
(Ken Ward Jr., WVGazette.com, February 10, 2014)

Congress taps into West Virginia's water crisis
(Jennifer Smith, MetroNews, February 4, 2014)

Freedom Industries Wants Consultants to Assess Chemical Spill
(Associated Press via WSAZ NewsChannel 3 HD, February 19, 2014)

The law firm of Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler is accepting cases on behalf of businesses and residents economically affected by the water contamination. Types of economic damage may include:

  • Lost Wages
  • Lost Business Profits
  • Damage to Business Equipment
  • Money Spent to Purchase Drinking Water
  • Home Water Filtration System Damage

If you have suffered any of these types of economic losses and would like to seek representation, please contact us during normal business hours, or complete the following form:

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