Legal news for California premises liability attorneys. Four hundred people file suit against L.A. County over Ujima Village contamination.
California premises liability attorneys alerts- Los Angeles County and Exxon-Mobile face lawsuit filed by Ujima Village residents who say they were exposed to dangerous toxins.
Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles County has been sued by 400 people, who contend they were exposed to dangerous toxins while living at the county owned Ujima Village housing complex in Willowbrook. The civil lawsuit, which was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, April 9, 2010, says the site’s developer and former property owner, Exxon-Mobil, hid the evidence of the hazardous contamination, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The lawsuit alleges that the 300-unit housing complex was built on a former oil tank storage site, which has caused cancer, leukemia, miscarriages, respiratory distress, chronic infections, asthma and cognitive and neurological problems among the residents. The plaintiffs are asking for unspecified damages for back rent, injuries, medical costs and what they believe are wrongful deaths of nearly 38 former residents.
Exxon Mobile stated they were informed of the “potential concerns with soil conditions” at Ujima in 2007. Exxon claims hat have been working with the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, and other state and local agencies to investigate the claims. Exxon also contends the lawsuit was filed without the benefit of the facts, and that “Regulatory officials have investigated and found no evidence to date of an immediate public health concern due to environmental conditions at Ujima Village.”
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for California premises liability lawyers.