Fitzsimmons Law Firm recently settled a $3 Million class action lawsuit
on behalf of residents who lost water service during the Weirton Water
Crisis. The class action settlement and distribution received final approval
by the Circuit Court of Brooke County, West Virginia in January of 2016.
According to the Complaint, defendants were attempting to cap the main
transmission line on the city water system when they prematurely released
water pressure into the pipelines before the cap was secured. As a result,
the cap on the pipe became dislodged and the entire city water system
became drained. The residents of the city suffered a complete and/or partial
loss of water which varied among customers from one to seven days.
There were approximately 9,220 members of the class and, under the terms
of the settlement agreement, each class member received an equal per-capita
share of the net settlement proceeds. Additionally, as part of the settlement,
Fitzsimmons Law Firm negotiated that any residual funds from the class
would be paid to a local charity. The charity selected to receive these
funds is the Comfort House Child Advocacy Center located in Weirton which
provides care for children that have been abused.
Fitzsimmons Law Firm is a plaintiff's litigation firm headquartered
in Wheeling, West Virginia. The Firm has extensive experience handling
class action claims and regularly represents consumers in a wide variety
of matters including, insurance bad faith, consumer fraud, and consumer
protection violations. The Firm has obtained over $800 Million in verdicts
and settlements for its clients, including more than 150 cases in excess
of $1 Million.
Verdicts and Settlements are listed on this website for informational purposes
only. Future verdicts or settlements cannot necessarily be predicted from
prior results. Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC makes no guarantee that the same
results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters. Each case
depends on its own unique facts, strengths and weaknesses, severity of
damages/injuries, credibility of witnesses, availability of insurance
coverage, and many other facts that can affect a claim's verdict and/or
settlement amount. Because of this, you cannot assume that the same result
would occur for you in your state under the particular facts of your case.