SF Shipyard Residents File Lawsuits Against Lennar and Tetra Tech
Residents of San Francisco’s newest residential neighborhood – the San Francisco Shipyard, filed suit today against Tetra Tech, Lennar, FivePoint Holdings, and certain executives of the companies.
The suit is the first to focus on the nuisance caused to the public and private homeowners related to property values resulting from the widespread fraud in environmental testing and remediation of the former Navy shipyard Superfund site. It is one of the largest environmental fraud cover-ups in the country.
According to the complaint, Defendants failed to disclose to prospective homeowners that there was rampant fraud in the testing and cleanup process. The fraud was so serious that two Tetra Tech supervisors, Justin Hubbard and Stephen Rolfe, pled guilty in federal court to crimes related to the fraud and cover-up of the toxic problems (see attached guilty pleas). As reported by the EPA’s local Superfund Division, as much as 97 percent of Tetra Tech’s cleanup data needed to be retested due to the fraud. The Complaint alleges that Lennar and Tetra Tech knew they were selling badly contaminated land, yet they marketed the residential development to prospective homeowners as clean and safe.