Casella settles class-action odor lawsuit over Ontario County Landfill

A class action lawsuit involving the Ontario County Landfill has been settled.

However, it’s not entirely clear how much those who filed a claim will be receiving. It’s not even clear if those individuals will receive anything at all.

Ontario County Judge Brian Dennis signed a settlement agreement Wednesday following a hearing in state Supreme Court, according to the Finger Lakes Times. The lawsuit was filed in 2019 by the law firm of Liddle & Dubin, based in Detroit, on behalf of Richard and Deb Vandemortel and others.

The Vandemortel’s claimed that they could not enjoy the use of their home on Johnson Road in Seneca due to odors from the landfill.

The West Firm represented Casella in the case. “We believe we could have defended this case, but the time and the money to do so would have been more than the cost to settle it and put it behind us,” he said.

Casella will pay $750,000 into a settlement fund and another $900,000 for odor-control measures at the landfill.

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