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Hearing for Elk River Chemical Spill Lawsuit Set for Sept. 2015


  A lawsuit against a water company, chemical producer, airport and others over a January chemical spill won’t get a hearing for another year.

The consolidated lawsuit that targets West Virginia American Water, Eastman Chemical, Yeager Airport and others has a hearing for a motion on class certification on Sept. 25, 2015.

Judge John Copenhaver filed the schedule earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

Fourteen businesses and individuals affected by a chemical spill sued numerous companies and executives. The spill by Freedom Industries contaminated West Virginia American Water’s water supply for 300,000 people for days. Many businesses were temporarily shuttered.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charleston is handling legal action against Freedom through a claims process.

The judge also set dates for various conferences, depositions and disclosure deadlines.