Army Corps, Contractor Freed From Katrina Levee Liability

Law360, New York (April 17, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT) -- A Louisiana federal judge said Friday that Washington Group International Inc. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are not liable for the failures of “tragically flawed” levees in New Orleans' Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said WGI’s remediation work along the Ninth Ward’s East Bank Industrial Area in the 1990s did not conclusively lead to levee and floodwall failures during the hurricane.

“The court cannot and will not find as a certainty what exactly caused these breaches,” Judge Duval...
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