Copenhaver Denies Water Settlement

Has Concerns About Tiered Payments

You won’t be getting your payment from the 2014 Freedom Industries – West Virginia American Water ¬†crisis and resulting class-action lawsuit anytime soon.

Federal Judge John Copenhaver denied a proposed settlement saying he has concerns about the tiered payment schedule and payments to lawyers.

Individuals were to get more than $500. However, critics say lawyers were getting about 50-percent of the settlement.

The lawsuit isn’t dead. A new settlement plan is being worked on.

Legal Journalist Chris Dickerson, of The West Virginia Record, files this report.