RELEASE: LEGISLATORS CALL ON BANKRUPTCY COURT TO PROVIDE PROTECTIONS FOR RESIDENTS WHO MAY HAVE INJURY CLAIMS AGAINST EXIDE TECHNOLOGIES

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

<p>LOS ANGELES, CA – Senator Kevin de Leόn (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach), today called on the District of Delaware, U.S. Bankruptcy Court to exempt personal injury claims by local residents from the bankruptcy proceedings surrounding the Exide Technologies lead battery recycling plant. &nbsp;The Court has notified residents of the City of Vernon and surrounding communities, who may have suffered damages, that they have only until October 31, 2013 to submit proof if they want to submit a claim. <br /><br />“On behalf of hundreds of thousands of constituents who may have been harmed by illegal toxic emissions by Exide Technologies, we respectfully request that the Court explicitly exempt personal injury claims from the General Bar Date in the Exide reorganization proceedings,” stated Senators de Leόn and Lara in a letter to Judge Kevin J. Carey.<br /><br />“Personal injury claims of this sort are not only complicated, but difficult to research, evaluate and document. &nbsp;That work cannot be accomplished in a matter of a few weeks, or even months. &nbsp;Our constituents have been subject to Exide’s pollution for decades, and because the nature of their potential claims doesn’t involve immediately obvious physical or economic harm, they deserve more time to be evaluated for injury.” <br /><br />The letter also states that if an exemption is not possible the Court should at a minimum extend the filing date for residents at least another six months to give them a realistic opportunity to prepare their claims.</p>

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