West Virginia Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against Freedom Industries, INC and the West Virginia-American Water Company Following Chemical Spill into the Elk River

Charleston, WV - John and Louisa Levin, residents of Charleston, WV have filed a Class Action lawsuit against Freedom Industries, Inc and the West Virginia-American Water Company in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County, West Virginia.

On January 9, 2014, a chemical storage container belonging to Freedom Industries, Inc. began leaking crude 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) into the Elk River and entering the West Virginia-American Water Companies' water treatment facility. Thousands of gallons of this harmful chemical entered the water supply and has rendered the water unsuitable for drinking, bathing, washing, cooking, and boiling. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for approximately 100,000 residents of Kanawha, Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, and Roane counties.

There are approximately 300,000 residents, businesses, and public facilities that have been adversely affected by this MCHM Spill. Much of the area was engorged with a strong odors of the chemical, which many describe as similar to licorice.

MCHM is used to clean coal and is known to irritate the skin and cause breathing problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MCHM's effects on humans have not been tested, though it is known to be a hazardous material that can cause severe throat-burning, eye irritation, vomiting, trouble breathing, dizziness, diarrhea, and skin irritation, including skin blistering.

The Plaintiff's are represented by Robert N. Peirce, III; D. Aaron Rihn; and, Max Petrunya, of the law firm of Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. and Gary E. Mason of the law firm of Whitfield Bryson & Mason, LLP.

If you would like to contact Mr. Peirce or his associates to discuss this matter in further detail, they can be reached toll free at 1-800-543-9859.