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Thu November 19, 2009
MRGO Plaintiffs' Legal Team Heads to Washington
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – The federal judge in New Orleans ruled that shoddy maintenance of a navigation channel resulted in flooding that breached levees in the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish. The Army Corps says it's reviewing the ruling, but has said previously it would appeal to the U-S Supreme Court. The lawsuit involves only a handful of residents, but could result in hundreds of thousands of claims. Plaintiffs' attorney Pierce O'Donnell says the appeals process could take years.
Attorneys will also lobby for civilian reviews of other projects designed by the Corps of Engineers. For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.