September 6, 2013
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
January 30, 2013
by Kyle Webster
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 ...[read more]
December 18, 2012
by Emily Osgood
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 ...[read more]
September 25, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
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) ...[read more]
March 3, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
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 ...[read more]
February 20, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
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 ...[read more]
January 10, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
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 ...[read more]
August 31, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
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 ...[read more]
July 13, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
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 ...[read more]
December 14, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
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 ...[read more]

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