This column discusses recent decisions of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. This article discusses two recent class action decisions. The first is the decision of Senior District Court Judge Lawrence E. Kahn granting preliminary approval of a proposed $ 65 million settlement with three of the four defendants charged with contaminating groundwater in the town of Hoosick Falls, New York. The second is the decision of Judge David N. Hurd granting the plaintiff’s motion for the collective certification of a group of damages under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 (b) (3) composed of borrowers of student loans who allege that defendants, a group of student loan lenders and service agents, violated their rights to prepay their federal student loans.
On July 27, 2021, Justice Lawrence E. Kahn granted preliminary approval of a $ 65 million settlement on behalf of several hundred Hoosick Falls residents against the defendants Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., 3M Company. and Honeywell International Inc. (the resolving defendants). Michelle Baker et al. vs. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp. et al., n ° 1: 16-cv-00917-LEK-DJS (NDNY), Dkt. No. 291.