April 5, 2023
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Class Action Suit Brought Against City of Miramar and Private Engineering Firms for Failure to Properly Treat Water Resulting in Massive Property Damages
Residents of Miramar, Florida claim that the City neglected to correctly treat their water, ultimately corroding their pipes, leading to devastating financial consequences for homeowners.
MIRAMAR, FLORIDA – Residents of Miramar, Florida have filed a class action suit against the City of Miramar related to water contamination resulting in massive property damage. They claim that, due to the negligence of the City and the malpractice of its professional engineering consultants, their water supply has not been properly treated and has caused irreversible and costly damage to copper piping systems in their properties.
“The City of Miramar has abandoned its residents at every step of this process,” said lead counsel Leslie Kroeger, partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. “This situation could have been avoided, but the City along with professional engineering companies allowed improperly treated water to corrode the pipes of homeowners across Miramar, exacting a huge financial toll on many residents. The negligence by both the City of Miramar and the professional engineering companies has caused massive property damage. We look forward to fighting hard to bring about justice to the homeowners who have been so terribly harmed.”
Despite continuous complaints from its residents, the City failed to take necessary action, ultimately causing severe harm to the copper water pipes of multiple homes in Miramar. Pursuant to site investigations and lab evaluations, small pitting holes were found in the piping of each plaintiff’s place of residence. It was determined that this pitting was caused by finished water from Miramar’s West Water Treatment Plant, which uses nanofiltration and reverse osmosis processes to clean the City’s water. The City failed, as part of its treatment process, to add back to the water the minerals necessary to prevent damage to copper piping before it dispensed the water to its residents.
Many Miramar residents have been forced to entirely re-pipe their homes. Rather than accept responsibility, the City advised individuals to replace water pipes at their own expense or take out a loan from the City itself.
The City of Miramar contracted Kimley-Horn, Inc. and Applied Technical Services, Inc. as consultants to help address the water crisis. Both companies failed to instruct the City how to properly treat the water in order to avoid damaging the copper piping of its residents. Accordingly, both companies are facing counts of professional malpractice and negligence in the suit.
The Class Action Complaint has been filed on behalf of the plaintiffs, who are represented by Leslie Kroeger of the national plaintiff firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll and Corey Friedman of Romano Law Group.
If you believe your home was damaged due to the negligence of the City of Miramar and the malpractice of its consultants, please call us at 561-515-1400 or complete the contact form.
About Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is a premier U.S. plaintiffs’ law firm, handling high-profile and precedent-setting litigation. With over 100 attorneys across the country, Cohen Milstein has offices in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, New York, NY, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Philadelphia, PA, Raleigh, NC, Boston, MA and Minneapolis, MN. For additional information, please visit https://www.cohenmilstein.com or call (561) 515-1400.
About Romano Law Group
Romano Law Group is a leading personal injury law firm located in West Palm Beach that provides expert legal representation on a local and national level. For additional information, please visit https://www.romanolawgroup.com or call (561) 468-6493.