Saturday, November 12, 2005

Victims of Katrina Sue to Force FEMA to Provide Timely Aid

Class Action Asks Court to Order FEMA to Live Up to Its Obligations

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A prominent New York law firm, a Washington-based civil rights legal organization, and a California not-for-profit legal organization, together with a Louisiana Law Professor today filed a class-action suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to force the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide timely aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina living in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The lawsuit, the first file against FEMA in relation to its response to Katrina, says that the agency has violated and continues to violate Federal law by failing to discharge its obligations as the federal agency chartered to care for victims of natural disasters.

Jurist has a story on the lawsuit here.

AP's coverage is available by clicking here.


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