5th Circ. Rejects Katrina Case Against Private Firms

Law360, New York (May 4, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has thrown out claims against private engineering and construction firms from litigation alleging that negligent design, construction and maintenance of a New Orleans canal contributed to levee breaches during Hurricane Katrina.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a district court's ruling that admiralty jurisdiction did not apply to a drainage canal that was dredged years before Hurricane Katrina.

At issue in the case was the breach along the 17th Street Canal in New Orleans, also known as...
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