Public meetings in Hoosick Falls class action to be held next week
Brendan J. Lyons is reporting for the Times Union two informational meetings for the public will be held September 8 and 9, about the proposed $65 million settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against three companies blamed for polluting both public and private water supplies in and around the village of Hoosick Falls in Rensselaer County. The meetings will take place at an open-air pavilion at the Reynolds/Gilchrest Skating Rink on Barton Avenue in Hoosick Falls. An informational website has also been created to provide details on the proposed settlement at Hoosick Falls PFOA settlement [dot] com. Residents affected by the pollution have until December 9, to notify the court if they wish to be excluded from the settlement. That option would allow someone to be a party to other lawsuits against the companies responsible for the pollution. Objections to the settlement also must be filed by December 9. Claim forms must be submitted no later than January 24; the online version of the claim form will be available beginning September 7. A hearing on the final settlement will take place on February 2, at U.S. District Court in Albany. The settlement is intended to compensate current and former residents for the potential health consequences of their exposure to the chemicals, as well as the potential loss of property value, and to provide a system of early detection for any related health issues they may suffer in the years ahead. Read more in the Times Union.