Class action lawsuit filed against Department of Water Resources
OROVILLE, Calif. - A class action lawsuit has been filed against the California Department of Water Resources for the Oroville Dam spillway incident.
Los Angeles-based law firm, McNicholas & McNicholas LLP and Frantz Law Group, APLC announced they were filing the lawsuit for everyone who had to evacuate their homes on February 12, 2017, in response to the failing emergency spillway.
Patrick McNicholas, a partner at McNicholas & McNicholas LLP, said that this event was a result of DWR's negligence and inadequate maintenance of the dam over several years.
"The design, construction defects and flaws have been propagated by DWR during maintenance of the spillway. State officials didn't even enter the spillway channel during the last two inspections," said McNicholas. "DWR's conduct in the operation of the Oroville Dam was a substantial factor in causing harm to the Plaintiffs who, in addition to having been unable to use and enjoy their property during the evacuation, continue to be concerned about the stigma associated with the dam failure, the potential for future failures and the implications on property values."