Attorney Jim Reed represented the families of two fisherman who were drowned when a hydroelectric plant discharged water downstream without first sounding the required warning whistle. After an extensive investigation and prolonged negotiations, the insurance carrier for the Canadian hydroelectric company agreed to pay a settlement of $1,800,000.
Witnesses said the warning sirens at the power plant sounded earlier in the day, before the water was rising, but failed to go off when the water rose later, killing the Wellsburg and Horseheads residents.
Attorney Reed filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of NY. Following a protracted mediation process, the case was settled for $1,800,000 by agreement of all parties.