5th Circ. Axes Landowners' Suit In Interstate Flooding Row

Law360, New York (August 22, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a group of Louisiana landowners can't get damages from the federal government for its role in designing, constructing and maintaining an interstate highway that has caused significant flooding, because they filed their claims too late.

The landowners have a judgment against the state of Louisiana for damages they sustained in a 1983 flood, but the state never paid. In 2008, they sought money from the federal government under the Federal Tort Claims Act, but were denied by a district court,...
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