By Bree Gonzales | Aug 9, 2018


PINEVILLE — Pineville customers have filed a class action lawsuit against the local water supplier, alleging negligence.

Sherman Taylor, David Bailey and Joanna Bailey filed a complaint on behalf of a class similarly situated individuals in Wyoming Circuit Court against Municipal Water Works and John Doe Inc, alleging they exposed the plaintiffs to an increased risk of illnesses.

According to the complaint, in May 2017, Taylor, was diagnosed and treated for kidney cancer requiring follow-up care and the need for future medical monitoring. The plaintiffs allege Municipal Water Works was aware that it had breached its duty to monitor and inspect the water supplied to its customer as evidenced by the letter dated June 14, 2018, where the defendants informed their customers that "our water system violated drinking water monitoring requirements within the last year[s]." 

Test results showed the water exceeded the standard maximum contaminant level for total trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, which have known adverse effect including an increased risk of cancer, the suit says.

The plaintiffs seek trial by jury, economic and compensatory damages, restitution, actual damages and punitive damages. The plaintiffs also seek the establishment of a medical monitoring fund, attorney fees and court costs. They are represented by attorneys Stephen P. New and Amanda J. Taylor of The Law Office of Stephen P. New in Beckley and by Adam D. Taylor of Beckley.

Wyoming Circuit Court case number 18-C-66

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