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LeClercq v. Lockformer Co., No. 00-7164, 2001 WL 199840 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 28, 2001)

We represented hundreds of homeowners whose private drinking water wells and properties were contaminated by pollution from a nearby factory.  The plaintiffs in this case alleged violations of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and several state laws.  The defendants argued that the presence of individual issues made class certification inappropriate.  VBLH&C, however, successfully argued that the defendants’ argument required an impermissible merits inquiry at the class-certification stage.  The court granted the plaintiff’s motion for class certification.  The case settled during trial for $10 million for our clients.