Sep 15, 2010 11:10 AM by Melissa Canone

Contractor Not Immune From Liability For Failed Floodwall During Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that a
government contractor isn't immune from liability for its work on a
New Orleans floodwall and levee system that failed during Hurricane
Tuesday's ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
revives claims against Washington Group International Inc. over
Industrial Canal levee breaches that flooded the city's Lower 9th
Plaintiffs' lawyers claim the firm employed excavation and
backfilling methods that undermined the levees' integrity.
The 5th Circuit reversed a federal judge's dismissal of claims
against the Army Corps of Engineers contractor. A three-judge panel
said the company isn't immune because it exercised "significant
discretion" over its work, without precise specifications from the


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