Detroit – Liddle & Dubin P.C., a law firm that has spent more than 25 years representing residents across the state whose homes have been devastated by sewage backups, announced today that it has filed a class action lawsuit against DTE alleging the utility failed to take reasonable steps to repair and maintain the power instrumentalities at the Ludden substation that provided electricity to the critical Freud Pumping Station in Detroit.
This lawsuit, according to the lead lawyer on the case, David Dubin, is the first is a string of lawsuits that will be filed in coming weeks against several other entities who are also believed to bear responsibility for the millions of dollars of damage experienced by residents in at least 7 cities.
“These flooding events should not have happened. We know from experience that it is crucial to investigate these cases before filing to ensure that we know what happened and who is responsible. We have devoted a considerable amount of time and resources to determine what caused the catastrophic flooding of thousands of homes and who is responsible,” said Dubin. “This case, and the others that will be filed in the coming weeks, will encompass all of the necessary parties whose conduct we believe contributed to this widespread basement flooding, and hopefully get the people the relief they deserve.”
The firm’s initial investigation revealed that DTE and a third-party contractor caused major cable and conduit damages to the Ludden Substation, which powers the Freud Pumping Station, yet failed to take the necessary steps to get the power back online or adequately warn the public, despite the widely reported forecast of rainfall coming into the area. As reported in the Detroit News, “[a] power outage that compromised a key Detroit pump station ahead of torrential rain and flooding in late June sat unfixed for two days before the storm hit and before the Great Lakes Water Authority says it became aware of it.”
According to Dubin, the firm has already been contacted by more than 2,500 residents in each of the following cities: Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, and Harper Woods. The firm has been working to ensure that the Notices of Claim are dispatched on behalf of affected residents to each governmental entity as required by law. “This is crucial,” said Dubin. “If the notice is done incorrectly, the homeowner can lose their ability to sue and receive compensation. People need to make sure that their claim is being handled correctly.”
Liddle & Dubin, P.C. is one of the preeminent class action firms in Michigan. The firm specializes in cases involving basement flooding, governmental liability, and environmental contamination. Liddle & Dubin has represented tens of thousands of residents in lawsuits against governmental entities and private companies following widespread basement flooding events like this one. The firm’s extensive history of dealing with basement flooding was most recently highlighted in the settlement reached with Oakland County and numerous municipalities following the flooding that occurred on August 11, 2014. As a result of Liddle & Dubin’s advocacy, Oakland County residents were able to recover $11,500,000 in monetary compensation and $1,500,000 in improvement measures to the sewer and stormwater infrastructure.