Pending Agreement Would Settle Freedom Industries Lawsuits

At least $2.9 million could fuel studies in a proposed settlement between West Virginia businesses and residents and Freedom Industries. The deal between lawyers for Freedom Industries and businesses and people who sued Freedom was filed Friday in Charleston federal court. It needs approval in both U.S. district and bankruptcy court. The agreement would settle 24 lawsuits against Freedom after several businesses sued to recoup profits lost during the water crisis. The money would come from Freedom's insurance policy. A board will decide how to spend it, with long-term health studies a possibility.