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Lawsuits against Lincoln Military Housing going to trial

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Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-25 19:01:38-04

Norfolk, Va. - It was a major win for military families today in Norfolk Federal Court. Dozens are suing Lincoln Military Housing after a NewsChannel 3 taking action investigation brought to light moldy living conditions.

After months of waiting, these families got the final word that their lawsuits against Lincoln will be going to trial, giving them their day in court.

Previous stories: Mold in Lincoln Military Housing

Back in May, Lincoln filed a motion to dismiss, trying to get a judge to throw all the cases out.

The company felt they had immunity from any lawsuits, since they were working on behalf of the Navy to provide housing for these families.

But Judge Robert Doumar didn't agree.

According to his ruling, the families can sue Lincoln for negligence and breach of contract, which lets them claim that their exposure to mold not only caused harm to their personal belongings, but also to their health.

The potential damages could reach into the millions, and lawyers for the families say even more lawsuits are planned for others who they say have been wronged by Lincoln.

Two years after NewsChannel 3 started investigating, this case takes another big step forward.