U of I Legal Aid Clinic helps dozens more people with lawsuit against Syringa Mobile Home Parkowner

MOSCOW, ID - Both parties pressing charges against the owner of the Syringa Mobile Home Park for his negligence as a landlord are making headway in court.

The University of Idaho's Legal Aid Clinic is suing property owner Magar E. Magar for failing to provide safe drinking water at his mobile home park just outside of Moscow.

On Tuesday, Latah County Second District Judge John Stegner granted a motion for class certification, which means the Legal Aid Clinic now represents everyone who's lived in the park since December 18th. That's about 150-people.

"It's really my hope that each of the residents can each get some kind of compensation for the harm that they have suffered at the hands of Mr. Magar, for the lack of water, and the lack of drinking water," said U of I College of Law Director of Clinical Programs Maureen Laflin.

The office of the attorney general for the state of Idaho is also pressing charges against Magar for not complying with Department of Environmental Quality standards for drinking water.

DEQ Engineering Manager Michel Camin said the water is now safe to drink, but the system is still out of compliance with their standards.

On Tuesday Judge Stegner gave Magar 30-days to start complying to the DEQ's legal complaints. Magar also has 20-days to respond to the amended complaint from the Legal Aid Clinic.