Hurricane Katrina: Settlement Near For Illness Suffered From FEMA Trailers
Class action lawsuit may award over $14 million
Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims who were forced out of their homes and into FEMA trailers wrought with formaldehyde may finally get some justice, and money.
40,000 to 60,000 claims in a class action lawsuit against the contractors and manufacturers of FEMA trailers are on the verge of being settled for an estimated $14 million. Some settlements will range from $5,500 to $22,000.
Victims say that they suffered a number of illnesses including respiratory irritation and other serious conditions after living in the trailers.
One stipulation in the settlement however says that the companies involved would not have to admit any liability or wrongdoing. So in essence, people will be getting a payout, not an apology.
If the judge grants preliminary approval to the settlements, people have until August 17 to decide whether to opt out and pursue claims on their own, or until October 12 to file claims to receive some of the money.