Check Your Specs

Law360, New York (February 1, 2011, 1:23 PM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has denied a government contractor sued by New Orleans residents for damages resulting from Hurricane Katrina the protection of government contractor immunity, holding that specifications approved by the government were not precise enough to qualify for the defense. See In re Katrina Canal Breaches Litig., 2010 WL 3554304 (Fifth Cir. Sept. 14, 2010). The decision is a departure from previous immunity cases, which focused primarily on the extent of the government’s involvement in reviewing the contractor’s specifications....
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