Detroit - On April 25, 2016, Liddle & Dubin P.C. filed a class action lawsuit against Advanced Disposal Services Arbor Hills Landfill, Inc after numerous residents contacted the law firm with complaints about excessive odors inundating their community.
The Complaint alleges that noxious odors emitted from the landfill, located at 10690 Six Mile Rd, in Northville, interfere with neighboring residents’ ability to use or enjoy their property.
The case seeks compensation for the nuisance created by the odors and for any negative impact the odors have had on property values. The odor lawsuit also seeks to change the way the Defendant operates the landfill in order to significantly reduce, if not eliminate, the emission of odors into the surrounding community.
In response to the odors emitted from the Northville landfill, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (“MDEQ”) has issued the facility three Notices of Violation in the past three months for producing nuisance odors offsite into the neighboring community. The March violation noted that “[t]he MDEQ has received close to 150 odor complaints to date from the nearby residential areas.”
Residents are hoping that the lawsuit will help them get some relief from a problem many say has gotten increasingly worse over time.
“We all know that landfills emit some level of odors,” said Laura Sheets, attorney for the residents. “However, that does not give the landfill a blank check to operate without proper pollution controls to reduce its odor profile, especially when it is situated in the middle of a residential community.”
The lawsuit, filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, seeks monetary damages in excess of $25,000.
Liddle & Dubin, P.C. is one of the preeminent class action firms in Michigan. The firm specializes in cases involving environmental contamination, governmental liability and complex consumer class actions.