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Jury Awards $12.8 Million in Class Action Verdict

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Cleveland, Ohio | May 8, 2024 – A class action jury verdict has been reached in the case of Jennifer L. Ayers, et al v. KCI Technologies Inc., et al, 2014CV00572, marking a significant victory for over 320 owners and former owners of real property in the Aurora East Subdivision, also known as the Bolingbrook Allotment.

The case, which was heard in the Portage County Court of Common Pleas, centered around severe flooding issues within the Aurora East Subdivision, affecting numerous homeowners over the years. The plaintiffs were represented by distinguished legal counsel including Lead Counsel Thomas J. Connick and Jenna Bird of Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell LLP, and Co-Lead Counsel Edward A. Proctor of Kim & Associates, LLC, and Edward W. Cochran of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Throughout the trial, counsel alleged negligence, nuisance, and trespass against the Portage County Engineer, Portage County, and Portage County Board of Commissioners. After careful deliberation, the jury rendered a class action verdict, in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding over $12.8 million in damages. This verdict signifies a resounding testament to the compelling case, extensive evidence, and thoughtful testimony presented throughout the trial.

“We are pleased with the jury’s decision and believe that it reflects the gravity of the situation faced by the residents of the Aurora East Subdivision,” said Tom Connick, Lead Counsel for the plaintiffs. “This verdict sends a clear message that those responsible for neglecting the safety and well-being of our community will be held accountable.”

“We commend the courage and resilience of the homeowners who came forward to seek justice in the case,” added Connick. “Their perseverance has been instrumental in achieving this outcome, and our entire legal team remains committed to ensuring that their voices are heard, and their rights protected.”

For inquiries or further information, please contact:

Thomas J. Connick

Schneider Smeltz Spieth LLP

216.696.4200 x0502


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