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Court Rules Army Corps Committed “MR. GO” No-No

This just in: Federal district court judge Stanwood Duval Jr. has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Katrina victims, payable by the U.S. Government because of the negligence of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The government — the same government, by the way, that awarded billions of dollars to the surviving family members of those killed by the September 11 attacks — had tried to stand on immunity for flood-control-related projects, but the court didn’t buy it. The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (“MR.GO,” to locals) is a shipping channel — not a flood control project — that created a shortcut from New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico. Now seen as ill-advised, it was also, according to Duval, dismally maintained:

“It is the court’s opinion that the negligence of the Corps, in this instance by failing to maintain the MRGO properly, was not policy, but insouciance, myopia and short-sightedness.”

Unless the decision is reversed on appeal, expect many thousands of displaced and injured Katrina victims to get in line for recovery. As I’ll explain in a fuller post tomorrow, they have a strong case.

  1. Joshua
    December 1st, 2009 at 01:31 | #1

    MRGO lawsuit consultation is available to those individuals and entities whose property was located in the following Louisiana zip codes: 70129, 70117, 70092, 70085, 70075, 70043, and 70032. To be eligible to file a MRGO lawsuit, claimants must have filed SF Form 95 claims with the Army Corps of Engineers on or before Aug. 29, 2007. If you meet this criteria, and have not already retained an attorney, our MRGO flooding lawyers want to hear from you today. Please visit this site for more information: http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/MRGO-Flood-Lawsuit

  2. December 1st, 2009 at 09:15 | #2

    After some thought and more than a little hesitation, I decided to post what’s obviously a solicitation. I’m only doing so because of the unique nature of this case, and my strong feelings about the raw deal that Katrina victims have gotten — at the hands of their own government.

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