Kanawha Valley Water Crisis Settlement

Judge Approves Settlement for Kanawha Valley Residents

U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. granted approval of a $151 million settlement in the class action lawsuit stemming from the Kanawha Valley water crisis in January of 2014.

Thus far there have been roughly 95,000 claims which have been filed in the water crisis case. Under the current settlement, households (renters and homeowners) obtain $550 for the first resident and each additional resident receives $180. Provisions were also added for those with detailed information and proof concerning the severity of their loss, such as damage to appliances or bottled water expenses. Claims also apply to nonprofit and businesses who can choose to receive a flat payment based on the size of their organization or, like households, provide proof of loss.

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Judge Approves Settlement for Kanawha Valley Residents U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. granted approval of a $151 million settlement in the class action lawsuit stemming from the Kanawha Valley water crisis in January of 2014. Thus far there...
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