LSU Prof's Retaliation Suit Over Katrina Claims Survives

Law360, New York (July 11, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Thursday rejected Louisiana State University's bid for summary judgment in a researcher's suit claiming he was fired for blaming the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

U.S. District Judge James J. Brady held that Ivor van Heerden, co-founder of the LSU Hurricane Center, could pursue his claims under the Louisiana Whistleblower Act.

"A reasonable fact finder could conclude that defendants retaliated against plaintiff in violation of the LWA," the judge said. "To the extent...
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