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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Workers are seen as water floods by a Tennessee American Water alongside the Tennessee River on Friday. A break in a major 36-inch line left much of Chattanooga without water for more than a day.

This story was updated Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at 6:55 p.m.

A class action lawsuit against Tennessee American Water Company has been filed Tuesday in the Circuit Court of Hamilton County following last week's water main break that affected a large portion of Chattanooga

The lawsuit, filed by attorneys with the Davis & Hoss law firm on behalf of local residents and businesses, asks for compensation of any wage losses or business or economic losses as a result of the water company's "conduct, acts, or omissions." It also asks for the company to pay any court or attorney fees.

A spokeswoman for Tennessee American Water did not immediately return a request for comment.

"We filed the case to ensure that area residents and business are not left holding the bag for Tennessee American Water's utter failure to provide a safe continuous supply of tap water," attorney Lee Davis said. "We joined with the lawyers who successfully prosecuted a similar water loss case against American Water and another of its subsidiaries, West Virginia-American Water Company."

Davis said that, while his firm cannot guarantee an outcome, they hope for an equally good result as the West Virginia case.

"[We] are prepared to put forth the effort necessary to see that happens on behalf of our clients and everyone adversely affected by this water outage," he said.

More information about the West Virginia case can be found here, according to Davis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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