5th Circ. Backs Landmark Katrina Canal Breach Ruling

Law360, New York (March 2, 2012, 10:55 PM EST) -- The Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court’s landmark ruling that the dredging of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had caused some of the damage caused by a levee breach after Hurricane Katrina.

A three-judge panel said that the Flood Control Act, which could shield the government from liability for damages resulting from flood control activity, said that that protection would not apply here because some of the flooding from Katrina was caused by the MRGO, a shipping...
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