A local lawyer claims more than 40 decorative fish he kept in a backyard pond were killed by a careless environmental products and services company.
Attorney Laird Ozmon of Plainfield is suing the company, Clarke Aquatic Services. The lawsuit said the dead fish are worth more than $15,000 and that Ozmon also had to cover medical expenses associated with the treatment of four surviving koi.
According to the lawsuit, Clarke Aquatic Services chemically treated a Links at Carillon golf course lake in June. The lawsuit said Ozmon lives next door to the golf course and that the lake "provides a source of irrigation" for the facility.
Three days after the lake was treated with algae-killing chemicals, Ozmon found 12 of his 14 koi fish "floating dead in his pond," the lawsuit said. About 30 comet and goldfish also died, the suit said.
Attorney Thomas J. Manzella Jr. filed the lawsuit on Ozmon's behalf.