Class Action Lawsuit Claims Negligence in Oroville Spillway Incident – KRCR Interviews Pat McNicholas and James Frantz
KRCR interviewed Partner Patrick McNicholas and James Frantz of Frantz Law Group regarding their class action lawsuit against California Department of Water Resources in Butte County on behalf of the 188,000 residents who were evacuated because of the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway.
The suit claims the DWR’s conduct in the operation of the dam was a substantial factor in causing harm to the plaintiffs, who continue to be concerned about the stigma associated with the dam’s failure, the potential for future failures and the implications on property values.
“They should have been looking at the maintenance records. They should have been looking at the construction records, and they would have known that over time the dam was destined to fail,” said McNicholas.