Federals appeals court reverses decision about who is liable for property damage caused by flooding from Hurricane Katrina
More than 6 years after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the Gulf a federal appeals court has reversed its decision about who is liable for property damage caused by flooding from the hurricane.
The 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals says the Army Corps of Engineers is not liable for billions of dollars in property damage.
Property owners said excavation work weakened the New Orleans floodwalls, causing them to breach during the 2005 storm.
The three judge panel sided with them earlier this year but now they say the Corps is completely insulated from liability by a provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act called the Discretionary Function Exception.