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Judge OKs $151M Elk River Spill Class Settlement

Law360, New York (September 22, 2017, 8:56 PM EDT) -- A West Virginia federal judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a class settlement worth up to $151 million with American Water Works Co. and Eastman Chemical Co. to end claims from a 2014 coal-processing spill in the Elk River.

U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. had rejected the settlement in July, citing issues with tiered compensation structure that was proposed for businesses that were closed or partially closed by health officials after the spill and other concerns. The parties submitted an amended class settlement on...
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