Homeowners Get Class Cert. In Flood Suit Against Paper Co.

Law360, New York (March 27, 2017, 10:25 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Saturday certified a class of homeowners suing International Paper Co. for property damage after an abandoned dam at one of the company's paper mills burst during a rainstorm and purportedly caused the flooding of their homes.

In an order granting class certification to a group of more than 300 property owners in neighborhoods around Cantonment, Florida, U.S. District Judge M. Casey Rodgers allowed the homeowners' negligence, nuisance, trespass and strict liability claims to proceed on a class basis, saying common elements bind the group together.

"Each of these claims is based on plaintiffs' contention that [International...

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