Taft is representing the Town of Andrews, Ind. (Andrews), and its residents, in an environmental lawsuit against United Technologies/Raytheon/Stantec and current/former owners of a local gas station. Residents of Andrews filed a complaint alleging drinking water and vapor contamination arising from a local automotive factory and gas station. The community members brought claims of trespass, nuisance, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent failure to warn, and Environmental Legal Action against the defendants. In June 2020, a public health emergency was declared in Andrews after record levels of the carcinogen vinyl chloride were found in the town’s public wellfield, which supplies the town’s drinking water.
WTHR (Channel 13) recently reported on the ongoing lawsuit and spoke with residents who are suing because of their diagnosis. Taft partner Tom Barnard, who leads Taft’s representation of the town and residents, is quoted in the news story.