Georgia-Pacific class action suit to move ahead |


Georgia-Pacific class action suit to move ahead |

The Georgia Court of Appeals, in a 4-3 vote, has upheld the class action certification of a lawsuit against Georgia-Pacific.

Kirbi and Aaron Ratner and David and Kathy McDonald, who live near the Fort Howard Road plant, originally filed the suit against Georgia-Pacific’s Savannah River Mill Plant in 2010.

Class action certification was granted by Effingham County Superior Court Chief Judge William E. Woodrum in July of 2012. The class-action certification will allow lawsuit members to include owners of 116 properties that neighbor the plant. The properties include an area west of Fort Howard Road, south of the railroad line and east of Rincon-Stillwell Road.

The lawsuit presents claims of nuisance, trespass and negligence, alleging that sludge dumped in disposal cells at the plant release hydrogen sulfide, a gas that causes egg-like smells and is corrosive to metal. The property owners claim the gas has caused loss of property values and physical damage to homes.

Much of the reported damage has been from corrosion to air-conditioning systems.

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