Frequently Asked Questions

 

The following are “Frequently Asked Questions” about the settlement.

If you do not find an answer to your question here:

  • Documents such as the Settlement Agreement can be found by clicking here
  • You can write the Settlement Administrator at the address listed here
What is this lawsuit about?

Plaintiffs Oliver Latta, Vickie Brooks, Crystal Stephens, and Christine Stolte (“Plaintiffs”), filed a class action case against the City of Hannibal, Hannibal Board of Public Works and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding the quality of water between September 2011 and February 2016. This notice relates to a settlement between the City of Hannibal and Hannibal Board of Public Works (the “Hannibal Defendants”). The Hannibal Defendants deny all of the allegations in the case.

How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?

The Court has decided that everyone falling under the following definitions are Class Members:

RATE-PAYER CLASS:
All current residents of the State of Missouri who, at any time between September 1, 2011 and February 28, 2016, were billed and paid for water provided by the City of Hannibal, Missouri public water supply system.

MEDICAL-MONITORING CLASS:
All current residents of the State of Missouri who, for a minimum period of three years, between the dates of September 2011 and February 2016, resided in the City of Hannibal, and drank and/or bathed in water provided by the City of Hannibal, Missouri public water supply system.

How much money will I get?

Under the terms of the settlement, the Court will enter a consent judgment in favor of the Rate Payer Class, which the Hannibal Defendants shall not oppose, requiring the Hannibal Defendants jointly to commit a minimum of $5,000,000 to investigate and implement water quality improvements. The improvements will include a focus on reducing or replacing chloramination as a primary water disinfection methodology. In addition, a $205,000 settlement fund has been established by the Hannibal Defendants under the terms of the settlement. The settlement fund is to be distributed to reimburse, on a pro rata basis as available from the fund, all class members who submit a valid claim as part of the Medical-Monitoring Class for their out-of-pocket costs for a voluntary urinalysis for blood and urine cytology administered by October 23, 2018, minus any amounts covered by insurance or other payee source.

What do I need to do?

You will need to submit a valid and completed claim form. The claim form is available here, and can be mailed to:

Latta et al. v Hannibal Board of Public Works, et al. Settlement
c/o Analytics Consulting
P.O. Box 2005, Chanhassen MN 55317-2005

or completed and submitted online. The claim form provides additional information for what must be submitted for reimbursement. Claim forms are also available by calling 866-260-5869. Your claim must be submitted online no later than, or via U.S. Mail with a postmark on or before, October 23, 2018.

Do I have a lawyer in this case?

The Court has named Chris Nidel, Jonathan Nace, Daniel Ryan, Steven German and Joel Rubenstein as Class Counsel. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense. If you choose to hire your own lawyer, he or she must file an appearance by August 10, 2018.

The lawyers will be paid from the settlement amount if approved, so you will not be charged personally for their work on the case and in negotiating this settlement.

When will Courts decide if my reimbursement is approved?

The Court will hold a fairness hearing on August 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the hearing will be for the Court to determine whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate and in the best interests of the classes and to determine the appropriate amount of compensation for the Class Counsel. At that hearing, the Court will be available to hear any objections and arguments concerning the fairness of the proposed settlement.

What if I have more questions?

You may call the Settlement Administrator toll-free at 866-260-5869. You may also email them at Claims@HannibalWaterLawsuitSettlement.com and your inquiry will be responded to as quickly as possible.