Maine Couple Loses Lawsuit Against Cement Company

March 29, 2011

A Maine couple has lost its lawsuit against Dragon Cement claiming the company’s cement plant made their nearby home unsellable.

In their lawsuit, Stephen and Kathy Darney of Thomaston claimed Dragon caused a nuisance and was negligent for the dust and vibrations resulting from its blasting.

The suit alleged the problems began two years after the Darneys bought their home, when Dragon expanded its plant operations. Court documents say the Darneys were seeking $220,000 to buy a new home elsewhere.

The Bangor Daily News reported that U.S. District Court Judge George Singal ruled in Dragon’s favor. In his ruling, Singal said the Darneys’ home is not downwind of the blasting and the property they bought for $80,500 is now worth $140,000.

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