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Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Objection, Approves New Lawsuit Filing

Our attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC currently represent over 100 businesses that are involved in litigation for the Elk River chemical spill that occurred in January. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ronald Pearson has rejected West Virginia American Water's objection to the new $3 million lawsuit proposed by attorneys from Freedom Industries and Kanawha Valley...

PSC to Investigate West Virginia American Water Co. Over Handling of MCHM Leak

Residents of the Kanawha Valley and surrounding areas have issued multiple complaints over West Virginia American Water Company's handling of the recent MCHM leak. In response, the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) announced it would begin an investigation into the matter. According to reports, MCHM leaked into the water supply on January 9, affecting...

Freedom Industries' Bankruptcy Case Moves Forward

Shortly after the West Virginia chemical spill on January 9, Freedom Industries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move that sparked numerous questions and concerns from the many West Virginians who filed claims against the company. Many of these claims came from local businesses, restaurants, and employees who lost wages as a result of mandatory...

Chemical Spill Costs Surpass $3 Million for State

The Freedom Industries chemical spill has come at a heavy price for West Virginia, both financially and emotionally. For state officials, these costs now have a price tag - more than $3 million. According to officials from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, West Virginia has spent a total of $3.04 million...

Spill Sends 100,000 Gallons of Coal Slurry into Kanawha Creek

Between 2:30 am and 5:30 am early Tuesday morning - February 11 - more than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry leaked from a Patriot Coal processing facility. The spill - which safety officials have deemed "significant" poured into an eastern Kanawha County stream. Approximately six miles of Fields Creek was blackened by the coal slurry...

West Virginians Still Skeptical After Federal Health Officials Say Water is Safe to Drink

Many West Virginians are still hesitant about using the water. In the month that has passed since the leak was discovered, reports of new chemicals and updated information about the spill have created new concerns. Even after the water ban was lifted, conflicting statements from health officials and health professionals, as well as ever-present public...

American Water Tries to Rebuild Public Trust, Gives Credits to Local Businesses & Residents

For good reason, West Virginians are still skeptical about using tap water. In fact, many residents, restaurants, and businesses are still relying on bottled water. Well aware of this skepticism, West Virginia American Water is trying to rebuild public trust by giving certain small business customers breaks on their water bills. According to officials from...

Influx of West Virginian's Water Bottles Creates Need for More Recycling Centers

It has been nearly a month since the chemical leak was discovered at Freedom Industries. During that time, residents and businesses throughout the state were forced to use bottled water for nearly all of their needs. Although the water ban that soon followed the spill has been lifted, thousands of West Virginians are still relying...

Restaurant Owners Hesitant About Using Tap, Rely on Bottled Water

With recent news about the presence of formaldehyde in the water supply, West Virginians have yet another reason to be concerned. This is in addition to the 10,000 gallons of chemicals that leaked from Freedom industries, Inc. - including the coal processing chemical MCHM and newly discovered chemical PPH. It comes as no surprise then,...

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Columbus, OH 43215
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