Judge approves federal Kipp settlement

2013-10-29T05:25:00Z Judge approves federal Kipp settlementED TRELEVEN | Wisconsin State Journal | etreleven@madison.com | 608-252-6134 madison.com

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb on Monday approved a $4.6 million settlement of an environmental lawsuit against Madison-Kipp by a group of its neighbors. 

Under the class-action settlement reached in July, the 32 homes, which abut Kipp's plant along South Marquette and Waubesa streets, will receive money and pollution control equipment and Kipp will replace the top one foot of soil from their yards with clean fill.

Two homeowners opted out of the class, one before the settlement was reached and the other after receiving notice of the class action settlement.

The settlement is similar to one for $2.6 million that involves 52 other neighboring homes that was approved last month in Dane County Circuit Court.

In both cases, neighbors alleged that contamination from the East Side manufacturing plant has lowered property values. Kipp continues to deny the allegations. A state environmental lawsuit is still pending.

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