For awhile immediately after Katrina I posted a lot about the disaster. I imagined people who had lost all their possessions and were displaced by hundreds of miles, separated from their friends, and that finally at some point they would be able to get onto the internet, and it might be some small service to research and find links that would lead them to useful resources. So (apart from making some modest donations to charities) that's what I did.
In the same spirit, here's a link to an update on a class action lawsuit in New Orleans against the Army Corps of Engineers arising from the construction of MRGO. The link is to a website called the Levee Litigation Group, which appears to be set up by a consortium of plaintiffs' lawyers who are signing people up to be part of one or more class actions against the Army Corps of Engineers based on MRGO, or the 17th Street levee, or the London Ave. canal. If you are one of the folks in New Orleans who were more or less wiped out by Katrina, there are all sorts of lawyers and law firms to contact for legal advice. Looks like if you want in on the class action, you may need to take action by the end of this month. So there isn't a moment to lose.
[March 1: The New Orleans Times Picayune reports that the deadline is really March 1, and that the Army Corps of Engineers is accepting the claim forms at all its regional offices.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the corps announced that the claims forms would be accepted until the deadline at any of its offices around the nation. A list of corps offices is available at www.hecsa.usace.army.mil/pubactv.html on the Internet.
Click here for the story. Also, even if you miss the March 1 deadline, you still should file the form, because under another statute there is another deadline that expires two years after the occurrence and that deadline is in August. Click here for more explanation.]
Generally, about a year ago I decided to step back from writing about Katrina issues. Although fascinating, those issues are really far beyond the scope of my firm's practice or what I want to do with this blog.