Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Over Chemical in NY Village Water

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -
The Hoosic River runs through the village of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)
The Hoosic River runs through the village of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

A New York City law firm has filed a federal class-action suit against two companies identified by state regulators as potentially responsible for toxic chemical contamination in an upstate village’s water supply.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Honeywell International and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics of negligence for the Teflon-related chemical PFOA in Hoosick Falls’ water. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Bottles of drinking water are seen ina school hallway in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Bottles of drinking water are seen ina school hallway in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

The lawsuit was filed by Weitz & Luxenberg. Erin Brockovich is a consumer advocate working with the firm. She met with residents in January after the Environmental Protection Agency warned against drinking tap water.

Saint-Gobain is providing free bottled water while a new village filtration system is being installed.

A Honeywell spokeswoman says the company hasn’t seen the suit but is cooperating with the state investigation. Saint-Gobain had no initial comment.