Dredgers Not Liable For Katrina Damage: 5th Circ.

Law360, New York (November 25, 2009, 6:20 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a district court's dismissal of a case against 32 dredging contractors whose dredging in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet was alleged to have exacerbated the destructive force of Hurricane Katrina by destroying wetlands that could have mitigated its impact.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a ruling on Wednesday affirming a Louisiana district court's decision to throw out the claims against the dredgers because the defendants were acting pursuant to contracts with the U.S. government, under...
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