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Tentative Deal Reached in West Virginia American Case

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Lawyers say a tentative deal has been reached with West Virginia American Water Co in a class-action case over the company’s handling of the 2014 water crisis in the Kanawha Valley.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports no details were made public, but a judge has scheduled a Monday hearing when attorneys said more information is expected to be available.

Anthony Majestro, who represents plaintiffs in a separate group of state court cases also being settled, says the lawyers for all sides gave the judge “the outline of the terms of a potential settlement” during Friday’s meeting

More than 224,000 residents, more than 7,300 business owners and others were part of the class of plaintiffs certified more than a year ago for the lawsuit against West Virginia American and Eastman Chemical.