Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all individuals and entities that owned residential or commercial property in, or resided in, Gladwin, Midland, or Saginaw counties, and who suffered economic losses, including property damage and amounts paid to relocate, due to the failure of the Edenville and Sanford Dams on May 19, 2020. It has been reported that over 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate. It was further reported that the Edenville and the Sanford dams were rated high hazards in 2018, according to the National Inventory of Dams. It is further alleged that same year, federal regulators revoked Boyce Hydro Power’s license for the dam over safety violations. The state assumed oversight of the dam and, after an inspection, declared it and its spillways to be in “fair structural condition,” the Detroit News reported.
“We look forward to holding the culpable parties accountable for this avoidable disaster that has left many families without homes and businesses vacant at a time when the entire nation is navigating the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Joe Sauder of Sauder Schelkopf, who was recently appointed by a Michigan federal judge to serve as co-lead counsel in the University of Michigan sex abuse case on behalf of survivors of former school Dr. Robert E. Anderson.
Sauder Schelkopf is a nationally recognized class action and personal injury law firm. The firm’s partners currently serve as court-appointed lead counsel in courts across the country and have been selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as some of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Pennsylvania since 2012. The firm’s partners were selected among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2020. The attorneys at Sauder Schelkopf have recovered over $500 million on behalf of their clients and class members. Sauder Schelkopf and co-counsel reached a $10.3 million settlement on behalf of businesses impacted by a massive power outage and evacuation caused by a bridge builder on the Outer Banks. Joe Sauder also has a history of environmental litigation where he assisted with the trial of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant in Colorado, which ultimately resulted in a $375 million settlement.
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