Lawsuit challenging canal work may proceed, judge rules

08/4/2009 | Times-Picayune (New Orleans), The

A class-action lawsuit that claims construction of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet Canal caused continuing environmental damage to land in Louisiana owned by a parish government and private businesses may move forward, according to a ruling by a federal judge. In her ruling, Court of Federal Claims Judge Susan Braden said plaintiffs may ask the court for compensation for severe flooding that occurred in 2005. The case is unlikely to go to trial until another federal judge rules on a separate lawsuit challenging the outlet, which was built by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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