Sewer Board Booted From Katrina MDL

Law360, New York (December 18, 2009, 4:34 PM EST) -- A federal judge has cut the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans from a sprawling federal lawsuit accusing various parties of negligence in the construction of a city levee and floodwall — leaving the board to defend itself in a parallel state court case.

Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr.'s ruling, issued Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, came at the behest of lawyers for residents of New Orleans who accuse various public- and private-sector defendants of negligence in the...
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