As alleged in a new lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser on behalf of the residents of Jackson, Mississippi over the extreme water crisis that left residents without running water for weeks, the catastrophe arose out of decades of neglect and administrative and political failure. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief and monetary damages against various government and private engineering defendants over the neglect, mismanagement, and maintenance failures that led to an environmental crisis leaving over 153,000 Jackson-area residents without access to safe running water. ABC News featured a report on the new lawsuit, including an interview with Lieff Cabraser partner Mark P. Chalos, lead attorney on the case.

The class action lawsuit, the first of its kind filed over the Jackson water crisis, accuses the City of Jackson of neglecting the water supply for decades, culminating in a complete shutdown in August 2022 that left over 153,000 residents, 82% of whom are Black, without access to running water. These residents lacked safe drinking water, or water for making powdered baby formula, cooking, showering, or laundry. During the long period where the city had no water pressure—and was unable to facilitate the flow of water—residents of Jackson could not even flush their toilets for days at a time.

Watch the video report below.

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Impacted residents interested to learn more information or to see how the civil lawsuit will accelerate water and system restoration and provide compensation for those harmed by the crisis, we urge you to contact us today using the form on this page.

About Mark P. Chalos

The Managing Partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos (twitter: @mpchalos) represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. In the national opioids litigation, Mark represents counties and cities across the U.S., as well as Native American Tribes and health benefit plans. Most recently, Mark served as trial counsel in the national bellwether trial on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco which resulted in a successful verdict for plaintiffs.

Mark has tried cases to juries and judges around the country. He serves in the leadership of numerous class actions and multidistrict litigations. He is president of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics, and is regularly cited by top-tier media outlets.

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