Fla. Residents Win Class Cert. In Raytheon Toxic Tort

Law360, New York (October 1, 2009, 3:44 PM EDT) -- Hundreds of residents of St. Petersburg, Fla., have won class certification in a suit claiming defense contractor Raytheon Co. released a plume of toxins into the groundwater under their neighborhood, damaging property values.

Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Wednesday certified a class of roughly 1,000 residents who owned property in a portion of the Azalea neighborhood on March 29, 2008.

The judge delineated a class area as 1 mile long and over 1.5 miles...
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