A revised partial settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit about the alleged failures and overtopping of levees and other flood and water control structures during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Revisions to the settlement include a claims process and a plan for how payments will be calculated.
The lawsuit alleges levees and other flood and water control structures failed and/or were overtopped as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita because they were not properly designed, inspected, or maintained, and that this failure caused property damage, personal injury and other losses. The Settling Defendants say that the levees failed for reasons beyond their control and that they did not do anything wrong.
Three settlement funds totaling $20,208,957.20 as of November 30, 2012, have been established. After fees, costs, expenses and Class Representative awards are paid, remaining settlement funds will be paid to eligible claimants.
Claim packages are not available at this time and will become available only after, and if, the Court approves the settlement. If you received a notice about this settlement in the mail, a claim package will be mailed to you automatically. If you did not receive a notice in the mail, you may register to be mailed a claim package. It cannot be determined at this time when the claim form will become available and it could be a year or longer.
On September 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana will hold a hearing to consider whether the proposed Settlement Class should be approved or certified, and if so, whether the settlement should be approved.
If you do not like the settlement or any part of it, you can object by August 1, 2013. Your objection must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2013. You or your own lawyer also may ask to speak at the hearing at your own cost. The Detailed Notice has more information and explains how to object and how to ask to speak at the hearing.
If you still have questions, you may send a letter to: Levee Breach Settlement, PO Box 5053, Portland, OR 97208-5053.