UPDATE: Judge Calls for Final Hearing, Checks to Be Mailed Soon


Judge John Copenhaver is calling for final revisions to be made in the class action settlement against West Virginia American Water.

The hearing Tuesday before Copenhaver falls on the 4th anniversary of the Freedom Industries water crisis. It was expected the judge would grant a final approval of the settlement Tuesday, but Copenhaver is asking attorneys to hammer out specific details as to how the money will be distributed to homeowners and businesses impacted by the 2014 water crisis.

Lead plaintiff, Crystal Good, said she was hoping for a seal of approval Tuesday, but is looking forward to a final agreement next month. 

Attorneys in the class suit have been sending out mailers, emails and launched a website for those needing to file. There are also workshops and informational meetings scheduled. About 50,000 claims have already been filed, and the claims administrator has been working 7 days a week to get those processed.

Tuesday in court, the claims administrator said the filing deadline is February 21st. Checks should then be sent out by mid-May of this year.


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A class-action settlement from the 2014 water crisis in West Virginia that left almost 300,000 people without water has been granted preliminary approval.

According to the court order, the class notice period will begin October 11th and end on November 8th.

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A hearing on the final settlement approval will be held on January 9th, 2018 in Charleston.

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