“This case disproves a common misconception that the government is not responsible for basement flooding or when sewers back up because of rain, " according to Steve Liddle, lead counsel for the plaintiffs.
Detroit, MI (PRWEB) May 30, 2013
Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, P.C., an experienced environmental class action law firm, is announcing important information for Westland basement flooding victims.
On May 15, 2013, a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge has approved a $5,147,500 class action settlement between the City of Westland, Wayne County and Westland residents who suffered basement flooding on June 5-6, 2010 and May 25, 2011. (Case No. 10-009993-NZ)
Judge Brian R. Sullivan approved the settlement which involves more than 700 homes and businesses that suffered flooding in the City of Westland.
The settlement arose from class action lawsuits filed by residents against the City of Westland and Wayne County seeking compensation for property damage and clean up expenses as a result of the flooding of their properties by raw, untreated sewage.
According to the settlement, each approved claim will receive a pro rata share of the settlement based on the amount of their claimed damages. Class members must submit their claim form and supporting paperwork to Macuga, Liddle & Dubin on or before June 3, 2013.
Distribution of the settlement proceeds is scheduled to occur in the end of July, 2013.
“This case disproves a common misconception that the government is not responsible for basement flooding or when sewers backup because of rain. A properly maintained sewer system should not flood homes,” said Steve Liddle, lead counsel for the homeowners.
Mr. Liddle also indicated that in addition to providing compensation, the settlement serves as a warning to government officials that they can be held accountable for failing to properly maintain their sewers.
Macuga, Liddle & Dubin, P.C. has represented thousands of individuals complaining of damages arising from the flooding or invasion of private property by a sewer backup. These cases resulted in settlements where the defendants agreed to pay millions of dollars in damages. The firm also focuses on cases involving environmental contamination, governmental liability and complex consumer class actions.