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Hurricane Katrina

Determining Climate Responsibility: Government Liability for Hurricane Katrina?

ELR Article

In St. Bernard Parish Government v. United States, Louisiana property owners argued that the U.S. government was liable under takings law for flood damage to their properties caused by Hurricane Katrina and other hurricanes....

St. Bernard Parish Government v. United States

ELR Case

The Federal Circuit held that the U.S. government is not liable for flood damages that property owners in the New Orleans area incurred following Hurricane Katrina. The property owners filed suit under the Tucker Act, alleging that the...

A Disaster by Any Other Name: Improving Assistance to States and Individuals During Long-Term Disasters

ELR Article

Disasters and emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. Some are man-made while others are a result of natural events. The federal government has a system in place under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance...

State Farm v. United States

ELR Case

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, held that dismissal of a suit under the False Claims Act (FCA) is not mandatory when a relator violates a seal requirement. The case involved insurance claims that resulted from the...

St. Bernard Parish Government v. United States

ELR Case

The Court of Federal Claims held that residents and businesses in New Orleans' Ninth Ward and the neighboring St. Bernard Parish may file class-action lawsuits against the government for flood damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. A year...

80 FR 36776

ELR Federal Agency Update

St. Bernard Parish Government v. United States

ELR Case

The Federal Claims Court held that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' construction, expansions, operation, and failure to maintain the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MR-GO) caused subsequent storm surge that was exacerbated by a "funnel...

Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

ELR Case

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that the doctrine of res judicata bars individuals' trespass, nuisance, and negligence claims against numerous oil, coal, electric, and chemical companies for damages stemming from...

S. 105, Bill Introduced

ELR Congressional Update

Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

ELR Case

A district court held that the doctrines of res judicata and collateral estoppel bar individuals' trespass, nuisance, and negligence claims against numerous oil, coal, electric, and chemical companies for damages stemming from Hurricane...