Iowa District Court Judge Tom Reidel has granted class certification for claims against Grain Processing Corporation due to pollution from its corn wet milling operations in Muscatine, Iowa (Freeman v. Grain Processing Corporation).The claims included state-law nuisance, trespass and negligence for lost use and enjoyment of property, and affect approximately 2,000 households within 1.5 miles of the plant perimeter, or approximately 4,000 residents. MBG partners Scott Entin and Sarah Siskind are lead class counsel for the homeowners. Jim Larew and Claire Diallo of Larew Law Office, Iowa City, are co-counsel.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the Judge’s decision that the neighbors’ common law claims for lost use and enjoyment of their property can be managed effectively in a class action,” says MBG partner Sarah Siskind.
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