This class action lawsuit seeks to recover money for the people and businesses harmed by the Incident. Judge James F. Lang of the Essex County Superior Court of Massachusetts is overseeing this case, called In re: Columbia Gas Cases, Civil Action No. 1877CV01343G. In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs allege that Columbia Gas caused the Incident and, as a result, the Class suffered real property damage, personal property damage, displacement expenses, lost wages, loss of business income, diminution of property value, emotional distress, disruption, inconvenience, loss of use and enjoyment of property and loss of goodwill. Columbia Gas denies legal responsibility for these damages.
Whether your claim was closed or pending, you must file a new claim with the claims administrator to receive a lump-sum payment. If you elect to itemize your claim, whether it was closed and you want to re-open it, or it is currently pending, Columbia Gas will transfer any documentation that you previously provided to Columbia Gas.
No, bodily and personal injury claims related to the natural gas event in September 2018 were not included as part of the class action settlement. Therefore, they are still being handled by Columbia Gas and our claims department. Please continue to work with your adjuster on your claim.
Documentation that you previously submitted will transfer to the settlement administrator if you elect to itemize your claim. It is important, however, that you must make a claim with the class action claims administrator to participate in the settlement. Please contact the claims administrator for more information.
Yes, you must file a claim to participate in the settlement. Columbia Gas, however, will transfer information that you previously provided to the settlement administrator if you elect to itemize your claim.
Yes, provided you resided, owned property, or owned a business in Andover, North Andover, or Lawrence on September 13, 2018. Please contact the claims administrator for more information.
This transfer of the claims process only applies to claims relating to the September 13, 2018 overpressurization event. For claims relating to the September 27, 2019 gas leak in South Lawrence, you should continue to engage with the CMA claims team. The claims related to the September 27, 2019 gas leak are completely separate from this class action settlement. You can contact the Columbia Gas claims team by calling: 1-800-590-5571.