The lawsuits argue that: "Cedar Grove's operations have created a nuisance through the recurrent off-site emissions of noxious odors. As a proximate consequence of Cedar Grove's tortious conduct, Plaintiffs have suffered, and will continue to suffer, damages including, but not limited to: (1) the loss of use and enjoyment of their properties; (2) substantial and unreasonable interference with the quiet use and enjoyment of their property; and, (3) annoyance, inconvenience and substantial personal discomfort."
If the suit-filing groups hope to win, they'll have to prove that the stench in question is a result of Cedar Grove's operation. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency study is already looking into Cedar Grove's Everett operation. As Shapiro's cover story highlighted, since Cedar Grove's Everett facility opened in 2004, more than 2,500 complaints have been filed with the PSCAA.
At least one Daily Weekly commenter thinks those complaining about the stink are blowing things out of proportion.
As commenter Bittles writes:
The plaintiffs are after a quick buck! Seems to be the new "American Dream" sue a big company to get yourself rich!! Cedar Grove are providing us with a valuable recycling service people! What a joke, this lawsuit says they are composting it too quick! Too quick, people please! You'll lose this one! I hope the judge ends up awarding Cedar Grove $75,000 from all you whiny money grabbers!!