More Coal Ash Suits Coming

An attorney for property owners who are suing for damages from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s 2008 coal ash spill has told a federal judge that hundreds of other property owners are looking to file lawsuits before a Dec. 22 deadline.

Damage suits must be filed within three years of the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster at TVA’s coal-fired Kingston plant on the Emory River west of Knoxville.

Any TVA payouts to some 600 current plaintiffs and potential claimants depend on U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan’s decision on whether any TVA negligence made the utility liable for damages. A decision on any damage amount would be made later.

Plaintiff attorney Gary Davis was among attorneys at a Tuesday hearing on an agreement to call off a second bench trial on TVA’s liability.

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