Judge Refuses to Expand Lawsuit Against Fuel Plant
CARTHAGE, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri judge has denied a motion by two Carthage women to expand their lawsuit against a local biofuels plant into a class action. Cynthia Sundy and Tricia Orr are suing Renewable Environmental Solutions for damages they say they suffered because of odors from the now-closed plant.
The Joplin Globe reports that Jasper County Circuit Judge David Dally on Wednesday rejected their motion to expand their lawsuit. The judge ruled the women failed to prove there was enough in common among people around the plant to be combined into a class action.
RES converted poultry byproducts into fuel oil and fertilizer products. Residents complained for years about a stench until the city joined the state in a public-nuisance lawsuit, which was settled when RES installed odor-control equipment.