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APNewsBreak: FEMA trailer litigation nears end
Associated Press ^ | 5/28/2012 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

Posted on 05/28/2012 7:44:43 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

A class-action settlement agreement has been reached to resolve nearly all the remaining court claims over allegations that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast residents to hazardous fumes after Hurricane Katrina, a lead plaintiffs' attorney said Monday.

In a court filing late Monday, plaintiffs' lawyers and several companies that manufactured FEMA trailers after the 2005 storm asked U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt to approve an expanded version of a multimillion-dollar deal initially announced in April.

A separate agreement with four FEMA contractors that installed or refurbished trailers will be filed Tuesday, lead plaintiffs' attorney Gerald Meunier told The Associated Press.

Nearly two dozen FEMA trailer makers agreed last month to pay a total of $14.8 million to resolve claims over elevated formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Monday's expanded settlement agreement includes claims against trailer manufacturers Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Forest River Inc., Jayco Inc. and Monaco Coach Corp. Representatives of the four companies didn't immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

FEMA contractors Shaw Environmental Inc., Bechtel Corp., Fluor Enterprises Inc. and CH2M Hill Constructors Inc. also have reached agreements with the plaintiffs' lawyers, according to Meunier.

The amount of money that would be paid by each of the eight companies wasn't immediately disclosed.

Residents of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi who lived in FEMA trailers after the 2005 hurricanes are eligible to participate.

Engelhardt is expected to hold a fairness hearing on the proposed settlement on Sept. 27. If he approves the deal, a group of Texas residents' claims against the Federal Emergency Management Agency would be the only formaldehyde-related claims that haven't been settled or dismissed by the judge, Meunier said.

Meunier estimates that roughly 60,000 plaintiffs could benefit from the entire settlement. He said the deal is a "positive development" for residents even if...

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TOPICS: Government; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: fema; hurricane; hurricanekatrina; katrina
Related: FEMA rolls out plan to waive Katrina victim debts (Taxpayers get the shaft again) (from Feb 8, 2012).
1 posted on 05/28/2012 7:45:01 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

This whole thing is utter BS.

There are thousands of “Katrina Trailers” scattered around the Al. MS, La, TX area that will be redone for fish camps etc for years.

Only the oppressed class and lawyers will benefit.

2 posted on 05/28/2012 8:17:27 PM PDT by logitech (Who's here so vile, that will not love his country? If any speak, for him I have offended)
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To: logitech

Forest River is owned by Warren Buffett. Surprised he isn’t getting an exemption.

3 posted on 05/28/2012 8:21:36 PM PDT by Soul of the South
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To: Hunton Peck

This means the lawyers will pocket millions, and the “victims” will get maybe a hundred or two on average.

4 posted on 05/28/2012 8:52:12 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: unlearner

I got a check from the Ebay class action suit.. Cost um more to mail it to me than the check was worth. I never cashed it, more work than it was worth. I think it was 17 cents.

Class action means rich lawyers and nothing more.

5 posted on 05/28/2012 10:24:31 PM PDT by cableguymn
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