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Lawsuit filed against Big Dig companies
By Scott Allen, Globe Staff
Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly today filed a lawsuit against 15 companies involved in the design and construction of the badly flawed ceiling of the Interstate 90 connector tunnel, charging that their negligence contributed to the ceiling collapse that killed a Jamaica Plain woman on July 10.
The lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, states that the joint venture in charge of the entire Big Dig tunnel system, Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff, was "grossly negligent," while the other companies -- including builders, designers, consultants and insurance companies -- were simply negligent.
Initially, Reilly had planned the more serious "gross negligence" charges against Modern Continental Construction Co., which built the ceiling. But the attorney general dropped the claim in the lawsuit he filed.
The 11-page lawsuit contains no evidence to support Reilly's charges, but Reilly said on Monday that his office's investigation shows the ceiling collapse was "a crime."
To read the lawsuit, click here.