Stafford residents sue Mo City over metal finishing business's activities

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jun. 10, 2013, 4:27pm

HOUSTON - A group of Stafford residents has taken the city of Missouri City to court over the activities of a business adjacent to their neighborhood, recent court documents say.

Attorney Paul H. LaValle of the Law Offices of Paul Houston LaValle in Texas City initiated the legal action on behalf of those living in the Vacarro Manor Subdivision in Fort Bend County District Court, but the case was removed to Houston federal court on June 3.

The lawsuit shows that the complainants live along the boundary between Stafford and Missouri City, not too far from a facility owned and operated by Royalty Metal Finishing Inc.

According to the suit, the business engages in actions which involve the use of "dangerous, noxious chemicals."

The chemicals -- reportedly numbering in thousands of gallons -- are believed to be stored in tanks, barrels and open vats and are not properly safeguarded, causing the residents' property values to plummet and "a variety of respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments" to befall them, the suit says.

It also names Royalty Metal Finishing as a respondent.

Consequently, the plaintiffs seek more than $10 million in damages as well as a jury trial.

Case No. 4:13-CV-1631

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