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Lawyers to Appeal Verdict in Flooding Lawsuit Against Louisiana Parish

Attorneys who brought a class-action lawsuit against Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish say they will appeal a 9-3 jury verdict that found the parish was negligent in its emergency response planning but that the negligence didn’t cause the flooding suffered by tens …

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Found Negligent in Hurricane Katrina Flood Case

A jury has found Jefferson Parish government negligent in the way it drafted and enacted a plan that evacuated drainage pump operators on the eve of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in Louisiana but ruled the parish was not responsible for subsequent …

Rotting Wood Product in Post-Katrina Built Homes May Spark Legal Action

Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which has built 100 energy-efficient new homes in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, is considering legal action against the manufacturer of an innovative glass-infused wood that was used in …

Louisiana Judge Ends Katrina Flooding Lawsuits Against Feds

Dozens of lawsuits seeking damages from the federal government for Hurricane Katrina-related levee failures and flooding in the New Orleans area are over. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has dismissed the cases. The move comes more than a year …

Deadline to Claim 2009 Louisiana Citizens Insurance Rebates Near

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is reminding property insurance policyholders that the clock is ticking on the deadline to claim a rebate for the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) assessment. After Dec. 31, 2013, policyholders will no longer be able …

Louisiana Forensic Firms Move into New Business Lines

After Hurricane Katrina, several forensic engineering firms popped up in the New Orleans area to serve an insurance industry overwhelmed with thousands of damage claims. Since the storm, the companies that remain in New Orleans have had to find new …

Honore Backs Louisiana Lawsuit Against Oil Companies

The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (AHN’-ur-ay) endorsed the lawsuit in a full-page …

8 Years After Katrina, New Orleans on the Rebound

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina, the Ferris wheel at the former Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans sits idle. “Closed for Storm” signs are still posted and the abandoned, weed-choked site remains a thorn in the side of officials …

Study Points to Post-Katrina Strengths, Challenges in New Orleans

Recovery after Hurricane Katrina has been a major reason for a doubling of construction jobs around New Orleans, a new study shows. That’s one of many positive post-Katrina economic signs as the storm’s eighth anniversary approaches. However, the Greater New …

Louisiana Home Elevation Consultant Sentenced to 10 Years

A consultant already serving federal and state prison sentences for bribing state officials in the home elevation grant program, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft, for taking money from people but not doing the work. The Times-Picayune reports Rickey …