Attorneys seek class action in FEMA trailers suit

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Attorneys representing hurricane victims who
lived in government-provided trailers that contained potentially
hazardous fumes have asked a judge to combine the cases into a
class-action lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt of New Orleans is presiding
over a batch of cases filed on behalf of roughly 800 residents of
Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama who lived in trailers
provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after
hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Thousands of people lived in FEMA trailers after the 2005
storms.

Government tests on hundreds of occupied trailers found
elevated levels of formaldehyde, a preservative commonly found in
building materials that can cause breathing problems and is
classified as a carcinogen.

The judge has agreed to hear arguments over whether the cases
should be a class-action lawsuit on December 3.


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