Below is the first part of an article by the Associated Press on sacbee.com. It reads…
BATON ROUGE, La. — A state District Courtjudge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit that claims contaminants sickened workers when the Louisiana Department of Revenue was housed for more than 20 years at a former Sears department store building in Baton Rouge.
Lewis Unglesby, attorney for five plaintiffs named in the initial lawsuits, told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1dPBtB4) that he hopes the ruling by state District Judge Janice Clark’s will encourage the state and Olshan-WS Associates — which owned the former store on Florida Boulevard and leased it to the revenue department from 1979-2001 — to begin settlement talks with the plaintiffs.
Class-action suits typically are filed when a group of people have similar injuries or seek damages from the same event or a series of events.
Nearly 300 current and former state employees who worked at the building have filled out forms complaining of health problems allegedly associated with the old building, Unglesby said during hearings while Clark was considering the request for class-action status.
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