Publication Date 04/26/2010
Source: Frederick News-Post (MD)
The number of plaintiffs involved in a multibillion water contamination lawsuit appears to be growing, according to documents filed at the Frederick County Courthouse.
In addition, lawyers for the plaintiffs have filed a fifth cause of action seeking damages.
In March, lawyers for 20 Frederick County families filed suit seeking $40 million in damages for each of 60 plaintiffs over gasoline leaks from the Green Valley Citgo station in Monrovia .
The $2.4 billion suit sought $10 million for each of the 60 plaintiffs on four causes of action: negligence, strict liability of an abnormally dangerous activity, private nuisance and trespass to land.
This month, lawyers amended their complaint to add 15 plaintiffs from the area as well as an additional cause of action — public nuisance.
The damages in the suit now seeks $50 million in compensatory and punitive damages for each of 75 plaintiffs for a total of $3.75 billion in damages.
Furthermore, the suit also seeks $300 million on each cause of action to restore the water supply, according to court documents.