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HomemichiganMichigan property owners notch crucial legal win in dam collapse case

Michigan property owners notch crucial legal win in dam collapse case

Property owners seeking to hold the state of Michigan responsible for the disastrous failure of a dam in 2020 have won a critical ruling from an appeals court.

In a 3-0 opinion, the court refused to dismiss a series of lawsuits that link the Edenville Dam’s collapse to decisions by state regulators.

The court said claims of “inverse condemnation” — state-imposed property damage — can proceed.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asked experts to study what happened at the Edenville and Sanford dams. The 2022 report said failure was “foreseeable and preventable” but could not be “attributed to any one individual, group or organization.”

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