Kraft Foods Inc. has been ordered by a federal court to pay $8.1 million to 124 families in Attica, Ind. It was alleged in a class-action lawsuit that one of the foodmaker’s factories contaminated air and water inside their homes. According to the settlement, which was approved last month by a federal judge in Indianapolis, the Northfield-based company also must clean up the plant site and groundwater and install systems to manage the contamination in the affected homes. It was alleged in the suit that chemicals including vinyl chloride and trichloroethylene had been spilled at the plant since 1957 and that those chemicals had leaked into the groundwater, seeped into their homes and caused toxic vapors. Two law firms, Chicago-based Varga Berger Ledsky Hayes & Casey and The Collins Law Firm, located in Naperville, Ill., represented the Plaintiffs and they did a very good job.
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