Detroit, MI (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
Macuga, Liddle & Dubin and Hertz Schram announced that they filed a Class Action Complaint on Monday in Wayne County Circuit Court (Case No. 13-005590-NZ, Judge Maria Oxholm) against Marathon Oil Company on behalf of area residents who were evacuated from their homes this past weekend's oil refinery fire.
The complaint states that on Saturday, April 27th at approximately 6 p.m., an explosion occurred at the Marathon Oil Refinery located at 1300 S. Fort Street in the City of Detroit.
The complaint further asserts that the explosion and the subsequent fire caused thick, black smoke to blanket the surrounding residential area. According to complaint, residents up to a mile away reported feeling their homes shake from the explosions.
Court documents state that authorities in Melvindale ordered a mandatory evacuation of about 3000 residents, 1/3 of its population, within a 9-block area. Court documents further allege that the residents were not allowed to return to their homes for several hours while firefighters battled the blaze.
Neighboring residents have indicated that a heavy, pungent odor lingered for days disrupting their ability to be outside at their homes or open up their windows. According to Melivindale evacuee and plaintiff Jason Bastien, "The smell was just atrocious, I was light-headed. I was dizzy," said Bastien. "I was nauseous. My nose started burning immediately, my throat."
The class action complaint seeks monetary damages in excess of $25,000. Affected residents who are interested in learning more about the lawsuit are being urged to contact the law firms at (800) 536-0045 or visit them on the web.
Macuga, Liddle & Dubin and Ms. Thomson have experience representing tens of thousands of Michigan residents in cases involving environmental damage, including those involving evacuations.
Macuga, Liddle & Dubin P.C. is one of the premier class action firms in Michigan. The firm specializes in cases involving oil refinery fires, basement flooding, air pollution, environmental contamination and complex consumer class actions.