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Federal arbitration board orders FEMA to pay New Orleans Katrina responders
September 6, 2013
The US Civilian Board of Contract Appeals has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)to pay the City of New Orleans $10.8 million in connection to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The decision, issued last week, comes in response to a June 2012 request for arbitration by the City of New Orl....... [more]

Federal judge dismissed Hurricane Katrina class action against Army Corps of Engineers
January 30, 2013
On January 30, 2008, a federal judge dismissed a class action lawsuit brought by citizens of New Orleans against the US Army Corps of Engineers, stating that a 1928 law granted them immunity from such suits. The lawsuit accused the Corps of negligence due to the collapse of a flood wall and levee as....... [more]

Hoping for the Best is Not Enough for Prisoner Safety
December 18, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Newton, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the fifteenth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. He argues that state legislatures should enact laws to compel prison off....... [more]

Fifth Circuit finds Army Corps of Engineers not liable for Katrina damage
September 25, 2012
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is not liable for damages caused by canal breaches that occurred during Hurricane Katrina. Plaintiffs claimed that the impact-review requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) con....... [more]

Fifth Circuit rules Army Corps of Engineers liable for Katrina damage
March 3, 2012
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed that the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is liable to a number of Louisiana property owners for its inadequate work on a shipping channel that caused billions of dollars in damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina. While USACE argue....... [more]

Rights groups reported 'persistent' racial discrimination in US
February 20, 2012
On February 20, 2008, the Human Rights Network (HRN) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that the US consistently engaged in systematic racial discrimination. The report concluded that the US had failed to implement its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms....... [more]

Mississippi jury awarded $2.5M Katrina punitive damages
January 10, 2012
On January 10, 2007, a Mississippi jury held the State Farm insurance company liable for $2.5 million dollars in punitive damages. The decision came after US District Court Judge L.T. Senter Jr. issued an unexpected directed verdict ordering the company to pay $223,292 for rejecting a claim brought....... [more]

New Orleans mayor declared martial law during Katrina aftermath
August 31, 2011
On August 31, 2005, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin declared martial law in the city and reassigned 1,500 New Orleans police officers from search-and-rescue missions to halt widespread looting. This declaration of martial law was only one of a number of extraordinary steps taken by Nagin in an attempt t....... [more]

Senate approved measure to bar emergency gun confiscation
July 13, 2011
On July 13, 2006, the US Senate voted 84-16 to approve an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Act 2007 that prohibited the confiscation of legally owned guns during emergencies. Senator David Vitter proposed the amendment in response to Hurricane Katrina. During and after the disaster....... [more]

US House committee subpoenaed Pentagon documents on Katrina
December 14, 2010
On December 14, 2005, the Hurricane Katrina Committee of the US House of Representatives, which investigated the government's actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, issued a subpoena commanding Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to turn over internal records on the Pentagon's efforts to stabi....... [more]

US officials violated rights of Katrina victims: report
April 10, 2010
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) released a report Friday accusing the government of committing human rights violations against the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The group criticized the response of officials at the local, state, and federal levels for being overly bureaucratic and lacking both a....... [more]


    Hurricane Katrina/Rita Information [FBI]

    Katrina Fraud Task Force [US DOJ]

    Disasters and the Law [UC Berkeley]

    Katrina Legal Aid

    Katrina Disaster Resources [ABA]

    Katrina Disaster Relief [Mississippi Bar]

    Student Hurricane Network

    Katrina Information Network

    Bring New Orleans Back

    Katrina Blog [WWL-TV; archived]

    Hurricane Katrina [Wikipedia]


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    Louisiana Homeland Security Office

    City of New Orleans