Preemption Dooms Some Claims In Katrina Trailer MDL

Law360, New York (June 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Citing federal preemption, a judge has tossed some state law claims against mobile home manufacturers in multidistrict litigation over whether trailers issued by the U.S. government following Hurricane Katrina exposed residents to high levels of the toxin formaldehyde.

Judge Kurt Engelhardt of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Friday granted the manufacturing housing defendants' motion to dismiss based on federal preemption, but with a few caveats.

The judge bounced any of the plaintiffs' state law claims asserting a standard of care...
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