4 Jersey City residents file class action suit against Suez, construction co., over main break

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Four Jersey City residents have taken legal action against Suez and and a construction company for “negligently causing a water main break and disruption of water service to Jersey City and Hoboken water customers and residents.”

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By Corey McDonald/Hudson County View

The lawsuit was filed in Hudson County Superior Court on Monday by Jersey City residents Din Narain, Hetram Singh, Maureen Chandra and John Santos, the court filing shows.

The defendants, Suez Water New Jersey and George Harms Construction Co., were “negligent in causing a disruption to water service” for the cities of Jersey City and Hoboken, the suit reads.

The lawsuit was first reported by Jersey Digs.

On Tuesday, April 28, a 36-inch “transmission main” feeding water to Jersey City ruptured after being struck by the construction company working on Route 7, causing water service disruption to much of Jersey City and Hoboken.

Thousands of residents were affected and were under a boil water advisory for at least 24 hours.

The suit claims that “customers and residents suffered monetary damages in having to run water for extended periods of time to clear the pipes and hot water heaters of contaminants causing the water to have a brown color” and also suffered the “cost and time to boil water under Suez’s order to do so.”

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

The lawsuit says that the “class” is defined as “All Suez water customers and residents in Jersey City and Hoboken between April 28, 2020 and April 30, 2020,” but notes that the “class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable.”

Harms Construction did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Suez officials said they cannot comment on ongoing litigation.

 

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