Louisiana AG considering legal action against New Orleans levee designers

[JURIST] The office of Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti [official profile] announced Tuesday that it is investigating the possibility of legal action against the companies that designed and constructed the levee systems that led to the flooding of large portions of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Foti's office wants to determine whether errors in the design or construction of the levee's flood control system resulted in the flooding. A spokeswoman for Foti said that a civil suit against the levee engineers was being contemplated as part of an effort to recover damages from private insurers for evacuees who lost property during the flooding, but she did not rule out the possibility of further criminal prosecutions for design or construction errors. The office of New Orleans District Attorney Reuters Eddie Jordan is also investigating the levee breaches. more.



 

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