Settlement reached in lawsuit over Binghamton-Johnson City sewage treatment wall collapse


The owners of the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment plant are settling a lawsuit stemming from a wall collapse at the facility in 2011. (Vaughn Golden/WSKG0

Days before the case was set to go to a jury trial, contractors drafted an agreement for a multi-million dollar settlement over litigation stemming from the 2011 collapse of a wall at the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant.

According to an unsigned copy of the settlement agreement posted to the joint sewage treatment plant’s website, the contractors will collectively pay over $28 million to settle the dispute with the facility’s owners, the City of Binghamton and Village of Johnson City, which has been ongoing in Broome County Supreme Court for over 11 years.

The largest share of the settlement will be paid out by Inflico, a subsidiary of Suez Treatment Solutions, Inc.. The company is paying $20 million, per a side-agreement to the settlement with the other contractors.

As part of the primary settlement agreement, C.O. Falter Construction Corporation will pay $5 million. C&S Engineers, Inc., C&S Design Build, Inc., C&S Companies, and Delta Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, P.C. will pay $4.8 million. Camp Dresser & McKee s/h/a Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc. will pay $250,000. EJ Construction and Matco Electric Corporation will pay $25,000 each.

Other contractors have previously settled with the owners.

Following the wall collapse, the facility was further devastated in the flood during Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Since then, over $278 million has been spent as part of a reconstruction and rehabilitation plan for the facility.