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Bentley v. Honeywell International, Inc., 223 F.R.D. 471 (S.D. Ohio 2004)

In this case, VBLH&C sought recovery for a class of homeowners whose drinking water had been contaminated by toxic chemicals spilled at nearby industrial plants.  The defendants tried to avoid class certification, arguing, among other things, that individual defenses against some homeowners would swamp common issues.  The court rejected that argument and certified a class consisting of thousands of residents.  The decision led to a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of the homeowners.