Usually, when we hear about mass tort cases being filed, it’s for dangerous drugs or chemicals. However, that’s not the only type of mass tort case around. This is evidence by a recent mass tort lawsuit filed for floods in Midland County, Michigan this past week.
On June 1, 2020, plaintiffs in Michigan filed suit against a host of defendants for damages caused in floods last month. Apparently, the plaintiffs claim that the Edenville and Sanford Dams in and near Midland and Gladwin Counties were not taken care of. They needed repairs and upgrades. However, the owners and managers of the dams refused to spend the money to make these repairs. As a result, the dams overflowed, collapsed and caused flooding of more than 35-feet of water to rain over the homeowners in the surrounding area.
Plaintiffs are demanding the following damages:
- Loss in property value
- Costs of repairs and replacements for personal and real property
- Loss in business and profits
- Loss of use and enjoyment of their property
They have named a handful of defendants in their suit, including Boyce Trust Hydro Properties, LLC, JP Morgan Chase, and Edenville Hydro Properties, LLC.
The flooding took place during the month of May, 2020. The reason the plaintiffs chose to file a mass tort action is that this allows them to all plead unique damages. The amount of the damage still needs to be evaluated. Some of the plaintiffs are homeowners while other are local business owners.
So far, there has been no statement made by the defendants. The owners of these damns will likely file a response within the next few weeks.
If you or your family have been injured and believe you are eligible for a mass tort claim, call our office right away.