Idaho Grass-Burning Suit Given Class-Action Status

Date: April 24, 2003

Source: News Room

Northern Idaho residents fighting the practice of grass burning won a major victory this week when an Idaho district judge approved a class-action lawsuit filed against grass growers and the state of Idaho. The original suit was filed in June 2002 against 79 grass farmers, and has since become a highly contentious issue, with farmers turning to the state legislature and winning special immunity for damages caused by field burning. The suit was filed on behalf of a group of individuals who suffer significant health effects from the smoke due to respiratory conditions. Now certified as a class, the suit represents anyone suffering from inflammatory airway conditions have lived in Bonner, Benewah, Boundary, Kootenai or Spokane counties at any time in the last three years.

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