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Environmental Pollution

WestRock Facility in West Point, Virginia

WestRock CP, LLC has entered into a settlement to resolve a class action about its West Point, Virginia facility. The complaint alleged that the facility emitted wood dust, which traveled onto other properties in the area, causing a loss of enjoyment of the properties.

Aerial View of Union Carbide Property in South Charleston, WV

Union Carbide Corporation has a manufacturing facility in South Charleston, West Virginia that makes ethylene oxide for industrial purposes. The complaint for this class action calls the chemical “a powerful cancer-causing gas,” and alleges that the facility has been emitting it into the surrounding areas, “in both controlled and uncontrolled releases” for decades, thus raising the risk of cancer for area residents.

Recycled Boat Event in Blades, Delaware

A number of class actions in recent years have address the poisoning of water sources by PFOA and PFOS chemicals used in firefighting foam at military bases. This case is similar, except that the chemicals come from manufacturing sources. The town is Blades, Delaware, and the companies named as defendants are E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, the Chemours Company, the 3M Company, Procino Plating, Inc., and Blades Development, LLC.

Sugar Cane Field in Pre-Harvest Burning

Sugar causes pollution—or at least the production of sugar does. That’s the contention of this class action, which alleges that sugar cane growers south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida pollute the air with their agricultural activities.

Toxic PFAS Foam on Shore in Michigan

This class action is about the poisoning of drinking water due to the disposal of tannery and other waste, but it resembles recent cases about the effects of firefighting foams. Both substances have connections to the 3M Company; in this case, two other defendants are Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. and its agent Waste Management, Inc. of Michigan.

Grain Processing Corporation Plant in Muscatine, Iowa

A Muscatine, Iowa company is settling a class action, with both payouts and promises to install better pollution control equipment. The complaint alleged that smoke, odor, and haze from the Grain Processing Corporation’s plant caused a nuisance to area residents. 

image of coal pile

This plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that the defendants failed to take reasonable and adequate measures to prevent petroleum coke (“petcoke”) and coal dust from contaminating nearby communities.

image of deepwater horizon explosion

The plaintiffs in this lawsuit allege that in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill that started on April 20, 2010, Halliburton and Transocean committed gross negligence reckless and willing misconduct and are therefor responsible for punitive damages.  Although the courts have determined they did not commit these acts, they are settling to avoid the risks and costs of litigation.