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Johnson Abdallah Settles Sewer System Class Action Brought Against City of Sioux Falls

Apr 1, 14

Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP is pleased to announce a settlement in Arneson v. City of Sioux Falls, Civ. No. 05-1713.

In 2007, the Circuit Court in Minnehaha County certified a class action comprised of property owners in Sioux Falls who suffered damage to their homes and businesses in 2004 as the result of the City’s inadequate storm sewer system. Following a notification procedure, 159 class member residents who suffered such damages completed the necessary forms to request inclusion in the class, executed affidavits, and provided documentation detailing their damages suffered in these devastating events.

Attorneys Steve Johnson, Pamela Bollweg, and Ron Parsons have been working with a group of committed class representatives since that time to try to hold the City accountable.

These representatives are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with the City and its insurers to settle the certified claims brought against the City.

The settlement creates a fund of $1.95 million dollars that will provide substantial reimbursement to the 159 class members that executed inclusion affidavits during the notification process on a pro rata basis.

These claims are covered by the City’s insurance policies purchased for this type of event and no taxpayer dollars are involved in the settlement.

The settlement, which must be approved by the Court, will be overseen by a consulting firm that specializes in class administration. Should the Court approve the final settlement, class members that have previously executed affidavits should expect to receive compensation some time this fall.

“This settlement represents a fair compromise, given the complexities involved in the case,” said Steve Johnson. “We are pleased that these innocent property owners will finally receive reimbursement for the damages they incurred.”

It is great to work with the attorneys at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah. They always provide excellent advice and service that is second to none.

Mike Miller | former NBA player

The lawyers at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah are consistently ranked as the top business lawyers in the state. Our business can always count on them to aggressively fight for our rights and provide straight-forward advice on complex issues.

Mark McNeary | Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC

Lawyers from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah regularly participate in legal education by judging intramural student skills competitions; helping prepare our nationally competitive litigation skills teams; serving or leading the South Dakota State Bar's Law School Committee; and, from time to time , providing guest lecturers. The Law School is grateful for the generous participation of lawyers like those from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah.

Tom Geu | former Dean, USD School of Law