Chicago Avoids Suit Alleging Pipe Replacement Upped Lead Risk

Chicago residents failed to make viable claims that the city’s negligent replacement of water pipes and meters posed a lead poisoning risk and that they should be compensated for property damage, the Illinois Supreme Court said.

Gordon Berry and Ilya Peysin claimed the city’s work increased the risk of lead spilling into their water from residents’ individual supply lines. The duo wanted to represent residents who lived in areas where the city replaced water pipes or meters after January 1, 2008.

However, plaintiffs have not alleged that they or any member of the household suffered from any impairment caused by …

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