Frequently Asked Questions


The following are “Frequently Asked Questions” about the settlement.

If you do not find an answer to your question here:

  • Documents such as the Complaint and Settlement Agreement can be found by clicking here
  • You can write the Settlement Administrator at the address listed here
What is this lawsuit about?

The Representative Plaintiffs Peggy Keltner, Jerome and Beverly Johnson and Melinda Duniphan, brought a lawsuit against Defendants in November 2014 as a proposed class action on behalf of all persons who owned or occupied property or lived in the State of Illinois who claim to have suffered damages as a result of alleged particulate matter and odorous gases emanating from Defendant U.S. Steel’s steel mill, and SunCoke Energy, Inc. and Gateway Energy & Coke Company, LLC’s coke-making plant, both in Granite City, Illinois. All Defendants deny Plaintiffs’ allegations in the Complaint and further deny that they are liable to Plaintiffs or to any Member of the Settlement Class based on the claims asserted in the Complaint. Plaintiffs and Defendants have concluded, however, that the proposed Settlement is in the best interest of Plaintiffs, the Members of the Settlement Class and all Defendants because of the uncertainty, expense, risk, and delays of litigation. The Court has given preliminary approval to the Settlement.

How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?

You are a Member of the Settlement Class if you own or owned or occupy or occupied real property in a pre-determined geographical area between November 10, 2009 through August 28, 2017. For full detail of that geographical area, you may click here or call the Settlement Administrator toll-free at 1-844-798-3651 to determine the settlement class area and whether your property is included in that area.

How much money will I get?

The settlement agreement, if approved, would be paid to Individuals who own or owned or occupy or occupied real property in the Settlement Class Area during the Settlement Time Period and who submit timely and valid Claim Forms with all required supporting documentation based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to: the distance of the property from Defendants’ properties; the location of the property relative to air modeling data; the period and length of time of occupancy of the property; the period and length of ownership of the property. Members of the Settlement Class who qualify for membership in the Settlement Class based solely on occupancy (but who did not own a property in the Settlement Class Area) will not be entitled to any compensation for any period of time they lived outside the Settlement Class Area.

Do I have a lawyer in this case?

Yes, class members are represented by the law offices of Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC. Further details about their office and the lawyers representing the Class are included in the notice you received and are available here.

The lawyers will be paid from the settlement amount if approved, so you will not be charged personally for their work on the case and in negotiating this settlement.

What if I have more questions?

You may call the Settlement Administrator toll-free at 844-798-3651, or email them at and your inquiry will be responded to as quickly as possible.