A group of blue-chip local and national corporations have filed suit against the federal government over two agencies' handling of the flooding that tormented Nashville in early May 2010.
Gibson Guitar, Nissan North America, Verizon Communications and Harris Corp. are among the corporate entities that have joined with several insurance companies to accusing the government of negligence  and saying the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service contributed to the destruction two years ago.
This lawsuit — and the one filed Monday  by Gaylord Entertainment, several of its subsidiaries, and Ashland City-based A.O. Smith — says the government improperly operated its dams along the Cumberland River Basin, thereby exacerbating the water damage to the plaintiffs named and many others.
Attorney Robert Echols, with the Nashville office of the Bass Berry & Sims law firm, represents the plaintiffs and said the basic problem is simply that the Army Corps didn’t follow procedure when the rains began and didn’t properly inform the National Weather Service of its actions.
Other than the $27 million plus sought, plaintiffs are asking the federal court for attorneys fees and other monetary awards.