Democracy Now: In Reversal, Appeals Court Rules Army Corps Immune in Katrina Flooding Suit


A federal appeals court has reversed its own decision finding the Army Corps of Engineers partially liable for the flooding that devastated New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. In March, the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a 2009 ruling that “monumental negligence” by the Army Corps of Engineers led to the severe flooding that ravaged New Orleans in the aftermath of the storm. The ruling marked the first time the government had been held responsible for any of the flooding that devastated New Orleans and could have paved the way for legal action on behalf of thousands of residents. But on Monday, the Court of Appeals changed course, ruling that the government is immune from liability.

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~ by wheresthemic on September 25, 2012.

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