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Flooding lawsuit dropped

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:13 p.m. CDT

Barely two months after it filed a class action lawsuit against Kane County and 12 of its municipalities April 17 alleging inadequate flood control, Farmers Insurance Company dropped its claim, records show.

Similar class action lawsuits were filed in Cook, Will, DuPage, Lake and McHenry counties and all – or nearly all – of their municipalities, and all of those also were dropped, records show.

In Kane County, court records show the claim was dropped June 5, a month before the first court date was scheduled.

The Kane lawsuit was filed on behalf of the insurance company, those insured with the company and property owners who sustained extensive flood damage April 17 and 18, 2013. It alleged the county and local governments had “adequate time and opportunity” to take action before the flooding that took place.

The suit claimed that local governments ignored the effects of climate change on rainfall and took no steps – or inadequate ones – to address the problem.

Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said he was glad the suit was dropped.

"We're just happy the taxpayers don't have to pay for a frivolous lawsuit on an insurance company we all use," Michels said. "I'm glad they dropped it, and we can move on."

An attorney who filed the suit on behalf of Farmers Insurance did not return a voice mail message seeking comment.

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