Judge Approves Class Action Lawsuit Against US Steel

About 1,000 people will share the $2 Million Settlement

Joe DeStio
February 24, 2020 - 1:08 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A judge has approved a class action lawsuit against US Steel for pollution coming from its Clairton Coke Works.

Clairton residents Cindy Ross and Cheryl Hurt originally brought separate lawsuit against US Steel.

Their cases were combined, the class now includes about 1,000 residents who will share in a two million dollar settlement minus attorney fees.

Attorney Nicholas Coulson tells KDKA Radio,

“The compensation will be split between all of the people who timely submitted claim forms with all of the requisite documentation and then they would be therefor approved,” said Coulson.

Coulson says the residents are being compensated for property damage and loss of use, things like can't open the windows because of smell and soot, can't have a picnic, damage to paint or siding.

“Form a team of David’s to really punch Goliath in the mouth and we think that’s what happened here,” said Coulson.

US Steel also commits to six and a half million dollars to reduce odors and soot.

That's separate from the one billion dollar technology upgrade US Steel announced late last year for its Mon Valley plants.

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