Katrina Patients Class Action Stays In State Court

Law360, New York (April 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A class action lawsuit over the deaths of Louisiana hospital Memorial Medical Center’s patients during Hurricane Katrina will stay in state courts, despite the efforts of hospital operator LifeCare Hospital of New Orleans LLC to move it into federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act.

When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Memorial, like the rest of the city, lost power and plumbing and much of its methods of communication. Forced into a long wait for evacuation, many of the sickest and oldest patients at the...
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