ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — A legal clinic was held Thursday in Clairton for people who could be involved in a class-action lawsuit against US Steel and don’t know about.
More than 5,000 households in the Mon Valley are getting $2 million after residents agreed to a proposed settlement with U.S. Steel – saying they deserve to live a clean and healthy life.
The lawsuit was filed in 2017, claiming the corporation was negligent with the operation of Clairton Coke Works.
Not only will U.S. Steel pay the settlement, but the company also agreed to invest at least $6.5 million in technology upgrades. This is not only impacting people in Clairton – it’s affecting those in Elizabeth, Glassport, Liberty and Lincoln.
A notice went out to more than 5,000 households to make them aware of the pending settlement, but some families still aren’t sure if they qualify.
On Thursday, they got the chance to talk one-on-one with an attorney to get more details about the settlement. Attorneys answered questions about how the settlement would work if it’s finalized.
Supervising Attorney Ryan Hamilton said neighbors who opt in to the settlement have until Feb. 4 to mail in their claim for payment. They have until Jan. 20 to opt out of the agreement.
There is another clinic Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for families who have questions.
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