As our regular followers know, we have blogged numerous times about the Paducah & Louisville Railway train that derailed in West Point, Kentucky, causing over 900 families to be evacuated from their homes. You can find our previous blogs here, here, and here., here Well, we felt like the people of West Point, Kentucky needed a voice, so we filed a class action lawsuit today in Hardin Circuit Court. A copy of the complaint is here: Class action-1.pdf Jones Ward PLC partner Larry Jones said, "It is a travesty that the men, women and children of West Point have been forced to vacate their homes, businesses, schools and playgrounds because of the negligence of Paducah & Louisville Railway and those involved in the clean up. Their actions have allowed this community to become contaminated with dangerous toxic chemicals." Not only are the folks of West Point concerned about their safety, but they are concerned about keeping their homes during already tough economic times. Many of these men and women were already living paycheck to paycheck. Now they have been forced to find other places to live, with many driving hours to get to work, just to keep their lights on in a place where they can no longer live. Yes, the railroad is writing checks to help out, but the amounts are insignificant and many are losing a substantial amount of the payments to predatory check cashing services. In this day and age, the railroad company could easily hand out pre-loaded debit cards that would allow these folks to keep every penny of what they are receiving. Jones said, "We also have concerns about big companies swooping in and taking advantage of these folks by getting them to sign complicated documents releasing their legal claims. We've seen it happen many times before." $100 per day is not enough. It does not begin to compensate the West Point families for the inconvenience of being forced from their homes, their schools, and their churches and the fear and anxiety associated with being exposed to dangerous chemicals. The attorneys of Jones Ward PLC not only intend to find out exactly what went wrong, and hold these big corporations accountable for their actions, but we also intend to make sure that this doesn't happen again --not in this community or in any Kentucky community. Jones said, "The people of West Point need a voice. They need someone to stand up for them, to fight for them. And that's why we filed this lawsuit; to give them a voice and to put them on an even playing field with the big corporations." And we want to hear from the citizens of West Point. We want to hear about your experiences, your fears, your anxieties. If we are going to be your voice, then we want to listen to your concerns. That's why we are holding a community Town Hall meeting on November 30, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at Music Ranch U.S.A, located at 409 South Street in West Point. Feel free to spread the word. If you have any questions, or you want to be added to our West Point Train Derailment mailing list, please feel free to email Alex Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.