FEMA Seeks Shield From Trailer Suits

Associated Press
Thursday, July 24, 2008

NEW ORLEANS, July 23 -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency asked a federal judge for immunity from lawsuits over potentially dangerous fumes in government-issued trailers that have housed tens of thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane victims.

Lawyers for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita accuse FEMA of negligence for sheltering them in trailers with elevated levels of formaldehyde.

A government lawyer told U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt that the FEMA's decisions in responding to a disaster are legally protected from "judicial second-guessing."

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