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Hurricane Katrina Victims Reach $14M Settlement Over Toxic Trailers


This is a settlement for the Environment Law lawsuit.

New Orleans A $14 million settlement has been reached by 21 companies who are named defendants in a defective products class action brought by victims of Hurriane Katrina.

The companies manufactured government-issued trailers for storm victims after Hurricane Katrina, and the lawsuit claims that those trailers contained hazardous materials. As a consequence, the occupants were exposed to toxic fumes.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs told media on Tuesday that the 21 trailer manufacturers or their insurers will pay a total of $14.8 million to resolve the claims without any admission of wrongdoing. The proposed settlement could benefit tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents who lived in the travel trailers, which were provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the Associated Press reports.

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Published on Apr-17-12


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I called fema to let them know how I almost lost my life in the trailer they gave me and my husband. I was told they could do nothing about it the trailer wasn't femas concern.

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