Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sugar Beet Processor over Plant Smells


mLive reports:  

For the second time in 12 years, a growing number of residents near Michigan Sugar Co. are signing onto a class action lawsuit against the company, arguing recent smells from the Bay City plant have interfered with their ability to use or enjoy their property.

The lawsuit, filed by Detroit law firm Liddle & Dubin P.C. in Bay County Circuit Court, seeks compensation “for the nuisance created by the odors and for any negative impact the odors have had on property values.”

The same law firm filed a similar class action lawsuit in 2004, which saw Michigan Sugar settle for $1.75 million.

A statement that was issued Wednesday, Nov. 15, encourages residents to report the presence of odors to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and to the law firm.

“It is not unreasonable to expect Michigan Sugar to be a good neighbor,” said Laura Sheets, one of the attorneys who filed the case. “The company should be able to operate in a way that doesn't blanket the area with a horrible stench.”


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