Jan 07, 2009

Appeals Court Upholds Damages in Milwaukee Sewer Lawsuit

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District must pay company $624,000 for damages to building

An appeals court ruled that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) must pay E-L Enterprises, Inc., for damaging the structure of its building during a construction project, the Associated Press reported.

The taxpayer-funded MMSD will have to pay E-L Enterprises Inc. $624,000 already ordered by a judge plus additional attorneys fees.

E-L Enterprises filed the suit in 2004, saying MMSD’s construction of a sewer line beneath its building caused extensive structural damage.

Last year, a jury agreed the project drained groundwater beneath the building, causing wood pilings to rot and the building to settle.

The District 1 Court of Appeals rejected several appeal arguments from MMSD on Dec. 23, 2008.