Freedom Industries Facing Millions in Lawsuits
Thousands of agencies, businesses and people are trying to squeeze millions of dollars out of the bankrupt Freedome Industries after the chemical spill in January. Case claims agent James Lane says Freedom Industries can expect about 5,000 groups to request money in bankruptcy claims over the spill. The total sought has topped $170 million and is growing. Aug. 1 was the claims filing deadline, though Lane is still tallying numbers. The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million. Mardi Gras Casino & Resort wants $16 million. West Virginia American Water wants any damages from related lawsuits to be covered, in addition to $1.1 million for filters it changed.