Columbia Gas Explosion Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves twelve combined class actions against NiSource, Inc. and Bay State Gas Co., which does business as Columbia Gas of Massachusetts for disruption and damage from an explosion and fire which took place on September 13, 2018. The complaints alleged that Columbia caused the explosion and is responsible for damage to real property and personal property, displacement expenses, lost wages, loss of business income, and so on.

Docket Number:


Company: Bay State Gas Co.

Filing Deadline: January 9, 2020

Class Period: September 12, 2018

Objection Deadline: December 10, 2019

Final Approval Hearing: February 27, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide proof of residence, property ownership, or business ownership on the date of the explosion as well as documentation of losses and damage.


You may be eligible if you lived, owned property, or owned a business in the Class Area on September 13, 2018. For a list of addresses in the class area (which includes parts of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover), see the list at http://www.columbiagasexplosionsettlement.com/DocumentHandler.ashx?DocPath=/Documents/Columbia_Gas_Address_list.pdf.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Lump sum awards are expected to be between $50-$15,000. Factors such as your location, household size, displacement, and property damage will be considered. Alternatively, class members who are businesses may submit itemized claims.

Total Settlement Amount: $143 million Settlement Fund

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Bailey & Glasser
Grant & Eisenhofer
Morgan & Morgan

Claim Form: Columbia Gas Explosion Settlement Residential Claim Form

Case Name: In re Columbia Gas Cases

Settlement Website: Columbia Gas Explosion Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Heffler Claims Group

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Columbia Gas Settlement
c/o Heffler Claims Group
PO Box 58729
Philadelphia, PA 19102-8729

Tags: Explosion, Fire, Property Damage from Incident