OBX Hatteras & Ocracoke Island Power Outage Class Action Settlement
Groups potentially affected by the July 27, 2017 power outage
Business Class: All businesses located and/or operating on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands during the time of the Incident. This class does not include persons or entities renting homes to vacationers.
Rental/Vacationer Class: All persons who rented a vacation property on Hatteras or Ocracoke Islands during the time of the Incident (the “Vacationers”), together with all persons or entities that rented homes to Vacationers.
Resident Class: All permanent residents of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands at the time of the Incident.
Individuals and businesses will be awarded up to 100% economic damages resulting from the power outage
Proof of Purchase
You will be required to submit a variety of documents and affidavits to show economic impact
In re: Outer Banks Power Outage Litigation,Case No 4:17-cv-00141, District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Eastern Division
On July 27, 2017, Defendants PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. and PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. (hereafter “PCL” or “Defendants”) in the course of performing construction work on the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge, severed the sole power cable that provides electricity to the Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island. In response to a lack of electrical power, governmental agencies with authority over Islands issued mandatory evacuations for visitors to the Islands. This mandatory evacuation for visitors remained in place until Friday, August 4, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. The loss of power and subsequent evacuations of the Islands is hereinafter referred to as the “Incident.”
In the aftermath of the Incident, multiple Plaintiffs (“Named Plaintiffs”) filed lawsuits against PCL seeking compensation from PCL for damages incurred by businesses, home rentals, owners, vacationers, and residents as a result of the Incident. PCL denies all of the allegations of liability and damages in this matter and denies any wrongdoing or liability of any kind pertaining to the Incident. Nevertheless, subject to Court approval, the Parties have agreed to settle this Case, and release all claims arising from or relating to the Incident, to avoid the risks, costs, and delays associated with further litigation.