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~ SPECIAL REPORT: Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against EQ Co. for NC Chemical Fire

Posted by Admin on October 6, 2006

Talk about not wasting time…

A suit has already been filed against the EQ Industrial Services for the Chemical Release, and fire (which is Still Burning) in Apex, North Carolina.

Reportedly a large amount of toxic chemicals identified by officials as Chlorine Gas was emitted from the Hazardous Waste Facility on Thursday night around 9 p.m. Eastern Time. After the release of chemicals a fire started accompanied by several explosions. HazMat and fire crews were not even able to assess the situation until this morning when the sun came up due to the dangerous nature of the fire.

Over half of the town – approximately 16,000 – 17,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes.

Here the News Release published on Business Wire for Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, a national class action firm located in Washington, D.C.;

October 06, 2006 05:46 PM Eastern Time


Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll Files Class Action Lawsuit Against EQ Industrial Services


Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll Files Lawsuit Against EQ Industrial Services on Behalf of North Carolina Residents Over Chemical Explosion

APEX, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of thousands of North Carolina residents against EQ Industrial Services. Plaintiffs filed their suit in Superior Court in North Carolina. On Thursday evening, October 5, a chemical explosion occurred at EQ’s waste storage plant in Apex, North Carolina causing a fire which forced the evacuation of thousands of nearby residents. The national class action firm of Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll, PLLC, (Washington, D.C.) in close cooperation with the Raleigh, North Carolina firm of Brady, Nordgren, Morton & Malone, PLLC, filed the suit after being retained by Apex residents who were forced to evacuate.
The legal complaint alleges that EQ Industrial Services, which was cited for state regulatory waste violations in March 2006, failed to properly contain the hazardous waste materials on its property. The lawsuit alleges that as a result of EQ’s actions, a massive chemical explosion occurred causing chlorine gas and other hazardous materials to enter the air and surrounding community.
Chlorine gas is highly toxic and was used as a chemical weapon during World War I.
Public health and town officials in the area have advised residents within the vicinity of the plant to evacuate and have closed roads and schools in the area.
The plaintiffs are seeking damages for their loss of use and enjoyment of property as well as punitive damages. Further, they are asking the Court to order EQ to pay for environmental and medical testing.
Richard S. Lewis, a partner and environmental legal expert with the Cohen, Milstein firm, explained that “our clients were evacuated as a result of EQ’s chemical explosion and believe that EQ should take immediate steps to ensure the safety of individuals in the surrounding community and compensate people for any resulting property damages.”
Cohen, Milstein is one of the largest law firms in the country devoted exclusively to representing plaintiffs; the firm has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New York. Brady, Nordgren located in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a general litigation firm.
A copy of the complaint is available and can be emailed to members of the media – please contact James Pizzirusso at Cohen, Milstein at 703-587-6474 or For media inquiries, please contact Deborah Schwartz at 301-897-8838/cell: 240 355-8838 or


For more background information on the fire please see my earlier post;
~ SPECIAL REPORT: Extremely Dangerous Chemical Fire in Apex, N.C. – Evacuations, fire out of control, emissions of Chlorine Gas – UPDATED

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