5th Circ. Nixes Suits Over Formaldehyde In FEMA Trailers

Law360, New York (January 24, 2012, 7:10 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit on Monday affirmed the dismissal of class actions filed by Mississippi and Alabama residents against the federal government that are part of a multidistrict litigation alleging trailers provided to Hurricane Katrina refugees contained dangerous levels of formaldehyde.

The plaintiff-appellants' suits over Federal Emergency Management Administration trailers were dismissed in August 2010 after the district court concluded that Mississippi and Alabama state laws would bar a suit against a private person under similar circumstances, U.S. Circuit Judge Carl E. Stewart wrote for the appeals...
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