Crestwood reaches deal in tainted drinking water lawsuit
Residents of south suburb will get $500K, plus free trash pickup, vehicle stickers and business licenses for 2 years
December 10, 2010| By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter
Crestwood will pay residents $500,000 to settle one of the class action lawsuits filed against the south suburb for secretly pumping contaminated water to households for more than two decades.
The deal, approved this week by a Cook County judge, also will provide residents with free garbage pickup for two years, as well as freezing fees for vehicle stickers and business licenses. And village officials will hire an independent environmental consultant to certify that Crestwood’s drinking water is safe for the next three years.
All told, the settlement is estimated to be worth $2.8 million, including $400,000 in payments for lawyers representing village residents.